Since the UK referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU) in June 2016, many EU and EEA nationals and their families are concerned about their right to remain in Northern Ireland. The Institute for Conflict Research’s Brexit and eYou project has highlighted their worries about Brexit’s potential impact on their economic and social rights including their right to continue to live and work in Northern Ireland with their dependants, to access health or education, or to claim their pensions.
This area of the website, designed in collaboration with Law Centre (NI), contains information on your rights entitlements, on Settled Status and how to apply, case studies illustrating the concerns of EU nationals, lobbying resources, and links to sources of further information, and resources to support those who are providing information to EEA and non-EEA migrants in relation to their rights and entitlements.
The Brexit and eYou project aims to support EU nationals, including Irish/EU workers based in the border regions who work or access services in Northern Ireland, to engage with decision-makers and to build their capacity to advocate for protection of their rights. We encourage you to make sure your voice is heard.
‘Will my low income and lack of savings be a barrier to my application for settled status? What evidence must I produce to prove my right to remain or achieve settled status, and how much will it cost to provide the necessary documentation?’
Dominique is a French national who has lived in Northern Ireland since 1989. She studied archaeology full-time at Queen’s University Belfast for four years before finding employment as a French teaching assistant. She has separated from her husband and has worked part-time while she brought up her two daughters. Currently Dominque is employed 16 hours per week teaching French in a local school; she works term time only and is not paid for three months (June, July, August) each year.
She pays National Insurance contributions and expects to draw her state retirement pension when she retires. As she is on a low income she has no retirement funds; she lives in rented accommodation and has no other financial assets.
When Dominique started working in Northern Ireland she enquired about the legal requirements and proof of her permission to reside and work here. She was informed ‘we don’t bother with that in Northern Ireland’. As a result she has no official documentation of her permission to reside in Northern Ireland since 1989.
Dominique is unclear if there is a minimum financial threshold in relation to obtaining permission to continue to reside in Northern Ireland after Brexit. ‘Will my low income and lack of savings be a barrier to my application for settled status? What evidence must I produce to prove my right to remain or achieve settled status, and how much will it cost to provide the necessary documentation?’ she asked. ‘It would be catastrophic for us if we had to go back to France; my daughters have never lived there and the youngest has minimal French language; is too late for me to find something better.’
‘As we are not married, what proof will be required to prove that we have a durable relationship and Julie is my family member?’
Tomas is a Hungarian national who has lived and worked in Northern Ireland since 2014. His partner of four years, Julie, came to live with him in June 2018. She has worked in NI since June until September 2018, but has given up work because she is pregnant. Tomas and Julie are not married. ‘As we are not married, what proof will be required to prove that we have a durable relationship and she is my family member; and what will it cost to acquire the necessary documentation to prove that our relationship is genuine?’
‘Will we still have rights to live and work in the UK after Brexit?’
Nicolae is a Romanian national of Roma ethnic origin. He came to Northern Ireland as a minor with his parents in 1999. He has worked in Belfast supporting the Roma community in Northern Ireland for the past nine years. Nicolae has acquired British citizenship; he is married to a Romanian citizen and their children were born in the UK.
‘To me Brexit means a return to 1999 when we travelled here from France in a lorry and arrived without papers, with very little English.’ Nicolae said. ‘Will we still have rights to live and work in the UK after Brexit? Will we have the right to open bank accounts? What ID will we need to travel in and out of the UK? Will our rights to work in the local economy be restricted in the future – will work permits be reintroduced?’
Nicolae explained that many local Romanian Roma people believe that Brexit means they will be kicked out of Northern Ireland. They hear information on the news and are not reassured that their rights as EU citizens will be protected.
Some people are convinced that the borders will be closed and they will no longer have the right to come to the UK. ‘Around 75% of local Roma people did not return to Romania in the summer of 2017, as they usually do. They were afraid that if they went, they would not be allowed back to Belfast.’
This is affecting many people’s confidence and sense of belonging in Northern Ireland. ‘They are saying that there is no point in sending the children to school as they will be leaving in 2019!’ Although the local MLA had attended a meeting with around 400 members of the Roma community and reassured them that their rights would be protected after Brexit, he was not believed. ‘Although people trust him, they thought he didn’t want to scare us with the truth,’ Nicolae said.
Nicolae explained that some local Roma people would have problems proving that they have been legally resident for the required five years. Although many have worked in Northern Ireland for years, they only recently started working in the formal economy. Many have worked in car washes or done other casual work where they did not receive pay slips and so have no written records of their employment. Many have never opened bank accounts.
Nicolae gave an example of an individual who sought his help: he had a bank account where he had lodged his saved up cash payments; the bank accepted the lodgement but would not allow the client to withdraw the money until he provided proof of how the money had been obtained. ‘The bank wanted pay slips which he did not have,’ said Nicolae. ‘This is going to be a big problem for many people when it comes to applying for permanent residency and settled status and proving their lawful status.’
Nicolae went on to explain that a fear that the border might close is driving up the numbers of Romanian Roma currently arriving in Northern Ireland, many without jobs or homes to live in. This is exacerbating their vulnerability to unscrupulous landlords or employers – there are some seriously overcrowded houses in the Holylands, Belfast. And for some people, because of their need to find paid work, they say that even if the border closes, they would continue to try to come to Northern Ireland and will work in the black economy.
‘This process is creating divisions among people in Northern Ireland. Will we all have to face increased security checks?’
Milena is a Bulgarian citizen who has lived and worked in Northern Ireland since 1999. Married to a dual Bulgarian/British citizen, she has two children who are also dual Bulgarian/British citizens. Milena came to live in Northern Ireland on a spouse visa; her husband had permanent residency at that time, and in 2000 Milena obtained permanent residency.
Milena studied and gained a PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast and was employed in a research capacity for the university. To date, her access to employment has been based on her permanent residence rights and her spouse visa. Other than showing her passport, Milena was not asked to prove her status or provide other documents when she first worked at Queen’s. After two absences for maternity leave, she now works as a senior researcher in a local NGO.
Milena has not applied for British citizenship. ‘I didn’t do so as it wasn’t necessary; it would not have made any practical difference to me. It was also an expensive process and involved passing tests, the cost of which are rising all the time. And it involves a pledge to the Queen – I’m neither a monarchist nor a republican, and was not drawn to take this step. I resolved to do it only if I had to’, she explained. ‘Now that it may have become necessary, I’m not sure whether to apply.’ Milena has concerns about how her position might change after Brexit. ‘I obtained permanent residency in the UK before Bulgaria joined the EU; I’m not sure how the process of applying for settled status will apply to me.’
‘I subscribe to the government’s email information service and I get information in my workplace, but even so, I don’t have the knowledge I need; for example, will I have to reapply for permanent residency first? Will my settled status rights be the same as my rights as an EU citizen? How will the changes impact on my employment status – could I change employers freely in the future? What about having to pay comprehensive sickness insurance? Would I be refused settled status if I don’t have it? Would I have to pay it in the future, say, if I lost my job?’
Milena explained that she didn’t anticipate any major difficulties but that she doesn’t know for sure. ‘It gives me a strange, resentful feeling that, after having lived and worked here for so long, I would be asked for proof of my right to be here or to work in Northern Ireland. It would feel like a loss to be treated differently from my friends and colleagues. Are my rights being taken away? I want to believe that my rights will remain the same, but might they be diminished in less obvious ways, as the regulations are worked on in the future? I don’t know what will happen!’
‘If there is an agreement between the UK and the EU, how will my rights be enforced? Would I be too vulnerable to challenge decisions and enforce my rights if I had to? What will happen if there is no agreement? As a family, we haven’t decided on our future and what my husband and I will do on retirement. What if I worked in Bulgaria for two years or more, could I return to live in Northern Ireland? Could I access the health service in the future?’
Milena explained that family and friends have visited her regularly from Bulgaria over the last 19 years. ‘I would be hesitant in encouraging my Mum to visit me in the future; what if she needed emergency health care while she was with us? What would her entitlement be to access A&E if that was necessary, and what documentation would she need to prove this?’
Milena has paid her national insurance and taxes to the UK authorities while she has been employed and anticipates being eligible for a state pension as well as her occupational pension. She is uncertain about how that would be paid and how tax would be calculated if she worked in Bulgaria in the future. ‘There are so many uncertainties for me and my family’, she said, ‘but it really bothers me that this process is creating divisions among people in Northern Ireland. Will we all have to face increased security checks? I have access to work and to information, such as it is; what about people who are less well off? I think these divisions embolden people to attack or undermine you and that is very worrying.’
‘I won’t have the same rights as my husband and son!’
Denis is a Romanian citizen who has lived and worked in Northern Ireland since 2009. She is married to an Irish citizen and they have one son.
Denis first came to Northern Ireland to find employment as an interpreter/translator. She had obtained an English Language and Literature degree in Romania and had a licence in interpreting and translating from the Romanian Ministry of Justice. Although qualified, she was unable to obtain work as an interpreter/translator locally as she needed an Access NI certificate which requires three years residency in Northern Ireland.
After working voluntarily, she obtained paid part-time work, 20 hours a week in October 2009.
Up until recently, Denis had not considered that she needed to consider her immigration status. ‘I was hopeful nothing would change; I felt that I would be fine, not because I’m a migrant, but because I’m married to an Irish citizen’ she explained.
Now she is thinking about applying for Irish citizenship. ‘For security: I am worried that if things turn out badly, I won’t have the same rights as my husband and son. In the future anything could happen! Even the EU referendum result was a shock.’
‘I could have applied for UK citizenship before based on my years of residency, but if they don’t want me, I don’t want to be a British citizen!’ she said. ‘In the future, we may want to live in another EU country.’
Denis explained that Romania had always aspired to be part of the EU and to get rid of visas and border checks. ‘It’s hard to understand why people want to be outside the EU and to go back to that.’
Denis is concerned about her Mum’s ability to visit her easily in the future. ‘Getting a visa to travel outside Romania used to be a bureaucratic nightmare. If we went back to that, she wouldn’t be able to travel to Bucharest and queue for hours to get a visa; it would be too much.’
In relation to healthcare, Denis’ Mum has an EHIC card at the moment. ‘If she needed emergency health care, would her EHIC card cover that after Brexit?’ she asked.
Denis does not know whether the new settled status category would apply to her since she is married to an Irish citizen. ‘There is a lack of clarity at the highest level’ she said. ‘The government can’t give me any assurance if they are not clear about the details themselves.’
‘If I’m not exercising my Treaty rights, will my non-EU spouse lose his right to reside here too?’
Eva is a Lithuanian national. She came to Northern Ireland to find work in 2016. She found a job on her arrival and worked as a canteen assistant for a year, when she was dismissed.
Eva has been unemployed since November 2017. She met and married Manuel, a Mexican citizen, in 2016. ‘I’ve been told I’m not exercising my Treaty rights; does this mean that I will not be entitled to stay in Northern Ireland after Brexit? And what about Manuel? Will he lose his right to reside here too?’
‘If I take a sabbatical from work and go abroad to study, will I lose my right to permanent residency and thus my eligibility for settled status?’
Marek is a Polish national living and working in Northern Ireland. He lives in County Derry/Londonderry and works as a co-ordinator in a local organisation delivering support services to local communities and people from ethnic minority backgrounds. Marek first came to the UK in 2002, two years before Poland joined the EU. He has worked in Northern Ireland for 3 periods separated by some time spent in Asia and England.
Among the many uncertainties Marek faces is the impact of Brexit on his family life. He knows that EU nationals’ rights to permanent residence – which are acquired if they have been exercising their EU treaty rights in the UK for five continuous years – can be lost if the EU national is out of the UK for more than two years.
Marek’s wife is a non-EU citizen. Currently her rights are governed by EU law which protects the rights of non-EU spouses of EU nationals. She lawfully resides in Northern Ireland on an EU spouse visa, and she is acquiring rights to permanent residency in the UK through her marriage to Marek.
One option Marek is thinking about to secure his family life could be to apply for British citizenship; yet if he did so before his wife had acquired permanent residency rights, she would be illegally present in NI and would have to apply to come to the UK under UK immigration rules. Her application might then require her husband to earn a minimum annual salary.
Marek had intended to resign and take a sabbatical from work; now he is not sure whether such a move is compatible with his need to demonstrate that he has been exercising his EU right to free movement in the UK (i.e. as an employed, self employed, self sufficient person or a student) for the five continuous years and thus acquiring rights to permanent residency and eligibility for settled status.
‘I have read the government’s statements, but I know there is no guarantee of anything until it is enshrined in law’ said Marek. ‘People don’t know where to go to get advice; it is very frustrating.’
‘I feel that Poland was denied an equal place in Europe for 50 years. After the war, the allied nations blocked Poland’s progress despite our country’s contribution to the defeat of Nazism. When Poland joined the EU, it meant such a lot to us that we were finally accepted as Europeans. I do take the Brexit vote personally, I’m afraid; it feels that the huge opportunities which were opened to us on joining Europe are now being taken away.’
‘Now that the UK is leaving the EU, I don’t know how I feel about becoming a British citizen. Before the referendum, I would have been proud to have dual Polish and British citizenship; I value the people I have met and the things I learnt here. Now I’m not so sure. Would having British citizenship still protect me from being treated differently by the British, knowing that I was not born here?’
‘Many people, some of whom have made their life here, are not aware of what to do to prove their lawful residency in Northern Ireland; they may not have kept paper records or have any relationship with a bank – will they be forced to return “home” when the UK leaves the EU?’
Stefan is a 25-year-old Romanian national living and working in Northern Ireland. He is employed as an assistant manager in a local cafe.
Stefan came to Northern Ireland to study in 2011 and since finishing his studies he has been continuously employed. He has plans to progress in his current career and considers Northern Ireland to be his home. He has made many friends locally, has an Irish girlfriend and he volunteers at a local community group which supports other migrant workers.
Stefan had decided to apply for British citizenship in order to secure his future in Northern Ireland. He is aware that he has qualified for permanent residency as he has lived in Northern Ireland for over five years. However, he is concerned that if he doesn’t take the steps to apply for citizenship this year (2018), he might be caught out by being rejected as in 2019 it could be even more difficult, or the rules might change after Brexit day, March 29th. ‘I have been building up an occupational pension and would be concerned that I could lose this in the future. Could I apply for a mortgage without citizenship? Having citizenship would make me feel more secure; I would also feel more part of the community,’ he said.
Stefan explained that to be successful in his citizenship application, he has to pass an English language and a history test, complete an 80 page application form, back up his application with documentary proof of his lawful stay in Northern Ireland, and pay the appropriate fees. The results of the history test are only valid for one year and this adds to the pressure he feels to make a successful application. ‘You’ve got to get the paperwork right,’ he explained.
Getting information or advice about how to respond to the impact of Brexit has been hard. Information about the citizenship application has been shared among his friends by word of mouth.
Stefan rang the Home Office for information about the citizenship process, but on two occasions, he was given contradictory information which left him confused about the documentary information he was required to produce.
‘The online citizenship application form is not an easy one to complete,’ said Stefan. ‘Anyone who doesn’t have fluent English would struggle with it.’ He has now instructed a solicitor to help him with the application.
Stefan is aware of many other EU nationals who are in the dark about what will happen. ‘I don’t feel there is enough information for us. Many people, some of whom have made their life here, are not aware of what to do to prove their lawful residency in Northern Ireland; they may not have kept paper records or have any relationship with a bank – will they be forced to return “home” when the UK leaves the EU?’
‘The UK government is saying that I have to now apply to have my EU Treaty rights, which are already enshrined in law, recognised!’
Ade is a Nigerian citizen who has lived and worked in Northern Ireland since 2008. He is married to a Hungarian citizen and they have one daughter. Ade is an accountant and he moved from Hungary to Northern Ireland after being recruited for a job with an international insurance firm in Belfast. Since 2010 he has been self-employed, running his own practice. As the husband of an EU citizen who came to Northern Ireland to work, Ade has the right to permanent residence in the UK.
Ade keeps abreast of the government’s pronouncements on Brexit and the rights of EU citizens by watching the news and reading information available on the Internet. However, he struggles to find the information he needs to make decisions about his and his family’s future.
‘Brexit has turned everything upside down’ he said. ‘My family is settled in Northern Ireland, my business clientele has been growing steadily, our friends are here, my daughter starts secondary school this year – yet, we are thinking, that if our rights are not protected, we might have to leave and start all over again in Hungary. This would be huge upheaval for all of us – for example, my daughter is a fluent Hungarian speaker, but she would need to improve her reading and writing in the language in order to do well at school.’
‘As I understand it, I have already acquired the right to permanent residency in the UK under the EU treaties. I am a ‘qualified person’ under the treaties either in my own right as a worker, or as the husband of a person who is exercising her treaty rights as she is working in the UK. Yet the UK government is saying that I have to now apply to have that right, which is already enshrined in law, recognised! Not only that, but I have to pay a fee; first for a permanent residency document, and then again in 2019 for ‘settled status’. Will I be accepted? I don’t know whether the rules will change again next year? The information from the government is constantly changing and I don’t trust that the rules and processes will not change again in the future.’
‘I’m aware of others in the Northern Ireland Nigerian community who are married to EU, Irish or British citizens; they are particularly concerned about their status as family members of EU nationals. One woman I know, a Portuguese national, who has two children born here, applied for work via a recruitment agency. The agency has asked her to prove her right to permanent residency in the UK; are they allowed to do that? What proof could she demonstrate if she has not worked in the UK while her children were small?’
‘I think that to integrate is important, but to deny your own culture is wrong.’
Vera is a Brazilian national and a British citizen. She first came to the UK as a student in 1979 achieving a diploma in travel and tourism. After three years she went back home but after marrying, she returned to live in the UK in 1996, eventually settling in Northern Ireland. She is an EU national through marriage to an Irish citizen.
‘For many years I had indefinite leave to remain. I only applied for a British passport about five years ago when it became too expensive to keep renewing my Brazilian passport. I hadn’t applied before, as it was expensive. I was always very bad at dealing with bureaucracy and, for a long while, it did not matter.’
Vera considers she has faced discrimination in relation to employment and access to health services in Northern Ireland. She thinks that many people in Northern Ireland suffer from an inferiority complex and can be quite aggressive if other people, especially foreigners, challenge them.
‘When I first meet anyone who does not know my history, or has no idea that I have been here for as long as I have, or that I’m a British citizen, there are frequently a number of ‘first questions’:
1. You’re not from these parts (I like that one, because it means they can’t place me, my accent doesn’t completely give me way and it can become a game!).
2. I think you are a long way from home?
3. How long have you been here?
4. Do you like it here?
5. How do you cope with our weather?’
‘It can be tiresome at times, but I do understand why they are asked. Depending on the tone of voice I either relax or go on my guard. A certain level of hostility can come with these or worse and I have experienced many instances of direct discrimination.’
‘I think that to integrate is important, but to deny your own culture is wrong. How can you deny something you’ve known from birth and it is ingrained on your soul? There are consequences when one chooses to suppress their own self, consequences to health and well being’, she said.
‘I live in Newry and work in the Republic; will I continue to qualify for rights provided under the EU Treaty rights (e.g. workers’ rights or protection from employment discrimination) in my workplace in Monaghan?’
Bartek is a Polish national who came to live in Newry at the beginning of 2018. He is employed as a skilled operator in an engineering firm in Monaghan. He lives in an apartment in Newry and travels to and from Monaghan each working day.
Bartek will not have lived in Northern Ireland for five years (entitling him to permanent residence) by March 2019, the date the UK plans to leave the EU.
Bartek is concerned about his right to continue to live in Northern Ireland and to access health care and other social security benefits after Brexit. As a worker exercising his EU Treaty rights, he is a ‘qualified person’ and is currently entitled to residency and to access health and other benefits in Northern Ireland. ‘How will my legal status, residency and citizen’s rights change after Brexit? I’ve read that I am entitled to apply for ‘settled status’ in the UK but as I work in the EU, will I continue to qualify for rights provided under the EU Treaty rights (e.g. workers’ rights or protection from employment discrimination) in my workplace in Monaghan?’
‘I’m scared that if I apply now for citizenship, the rules will change and I’ll have to start over again.’
Julia is a Polish citizen who has lived and worked in Northern Ireland since 2010. She lives in Coleraine where she is employed in a travel company. Julia has a Masters degree in International Tourism from the Katowice School of Economics, Gornosląska Wyższa Szkoła Handlowa, Poland. When she had finished her university studies she wanted to explore other countries and develop her language skills. She came to Northern Ireland looking for work and since her arrival, has worked full-time first as a waitress in a café, then as a hospital cleaner and later as a canteen assistant.
‘My main concern is the lack of detailed information about what will happen to EU citizens in Northern Ireland after Brexit’, Julia said. ‘What documents will I need? I get my information from the Internet or from the local NGO, but the information is either too generalised, or it keeps changing.’
‘I have a mortgage. My boss has reassured me that he will stand by me but I want to know what is happening.’
‘I’m thinking about applying for citizenship; it’s a lot of money though – I don’t want to have to pay over a £1000 if I don’t have to. What will citizenship guarantee? I’m scared that if I apply, the rules will change and I’ll have to start over again.’
‘I want 100% certainty that my rights will be guaranteed and that these won’t change in six months time.’
‘After Brexit, will the 10 years I spent working and paying tax and insurance abroad be counted towards my UK state pension?’
Deirdre is a UK national who was born in Northern Ireland in 1965. She is an internationally recognised IT expert who has been working in two EU countries advising on IT projects. She spent 5 years working in Spain; followed by a second 5-year period working in Poland.
‘After Brexit, will the 10 years I spent working and paying tax and insurance abroad be counted towards my UK state pension? Will the tax and insurance contributions I made via the tax systems in Spain and Poland will be honoured by the Spanish and Polish governments and forwarded to the UK’s Inland Revenue?’
‘Does ‘settled status’ apply to spouses of UK citizens? How will my pension payments be affected by Brexit?’
Chantal is a French national who lives in Coleraine in Northern Ireland. She is currently retired after a career in management in the humanitarian work field in Germany, France and Northern Ireland.
‘I am a ‘romantic refugee’ and have lived in Northern Ireland for 25 years’ she said. ‘I came with my UK citizen partner and initially when I couldn’t find work, I studied for four years and obtained a university diploma in psychology. I found that there was an amazing welcome for French people in Northern Ireland. I don’t think it’s the same for all EU nationals though.’
Chantal receives state retirement pensions from three countries: the UK, Germany and France. They are calculated differently in each country and she receives each payment separately. ‘I assume that these payments will continue after Brexit?’ she said. ‘I don’t know if I qualify for and have to apply for settled status? Does it apply to spouses of UK citizens? I might apply for it but that depends on how much it costs both in terms of money, time and resources. It’s not easy to find out the right information; in fact, I don’t think the authorities know themselves.’
‘Will the UK authorities honour my pension payments from Bulgaria in the future?’
Nevena is a Bulgarian national who lives in Portstewart, Northern Ireland. A biomedical scientist, she came to Northern Ireland in 1999 to take up a university post. ‘I didn’t want to leave Bulgaria’ she said, ‘but the economy in the country was in a very poor state and I had an 11-year old daughter to bring up; I needed work with a decent salary to ensure my daughter had a good education and the opportunity to realise her potential.’
‘As I came to Northern Ireland before Bulgaria joined the EU, I had to apply annually for a work permit. After I was entitled to do so, I applied to become a British citizen; my daughter is also a British citizen – if she were not a British citizen, she would have had to pay large fees to attend university.’
Nevena spoke of how her daughter had been bullied at school because she had a different surname and accent. ‘Local people were quite limited in their understanding of outsiders at that time’ she said, ‘but things improved when my daughter went to a different school with a wider vision of the world.’
Nevena is in receipt of retirement pensions from the UK and the Bulgarian governments, as well as her occupational pension. She is unclear what will happen to her government pensions after Brexit. Currently, the UK authorities manage the payments to her. ‘Will these payment arrangements be honoured in the future?’ she asked. ‘I spend three months of the year in Bulgaria and I’m entitled to access the health services there; I don’t know how that might change after Brexit?’
‘I remember the humiliations I endured at the border controls when leaving and entering Bulgaria before that country joined the EU; I hope that won’t be repeated in the future when the UK manages the movement of Bulgarians into this country after Brexit.’
‘Will my French citizen daughters be entitled to study and receive education grants from the Northern Ireland education authorities after the UK leaves the EU?’
Marie is a French national who has lived and worked in Northern Ireland since 1989. Marie has two daughters. When they were born, Marie was informed that, as their father is Belgian, her two daughters were not entitled to British citizenship on birth. They are French citizens.
Her eldest daughter Anna was born in Belgium; her second daughter Brigit is aged 15 and was born in Northern Ireland. Anna is studying in Manchester University and is in receipt of a student loan and an education grant.
‘I would like to know if Anna will be entitled to continue with post-graduate study in the UK or receive any education grants post-Brexit. Will Brigit will have the right to study in the UK, and access government financial support after 2019.’
‘If my daughter becomes an Irish citizen – where will she stand in relation to student loans, or even access to jobs in Northern Ireland?’
Magda is a Polish national living and working in Northern Ireland. She works in a local NGO providing mental health counselling services to local people from ethnic minority backgrounds. Magda is aged between 25 – 34 years of age; in 2005 she moved to Northern Ireland to study and has spent periods studying and working here since that time. Although she understands she is probably entitled to permanent residence, Magda was unclear how this is demonstrated and what proof may be required to show that she has been lawfully present in the UK for a continuous period of five years.
Magda is concerned about her entitlement to access jobs and education on an equal basis with others after Brexit. She has considered whether to apply for British citizenship but fears that she might be rejected if she took that step. Also, it is expensive to do this. Magda is married to an Irish citizen and has a young daughter. ‘I am entitled to apply for Irish citizenship; and my daughter has dual Irish citizenship and Polish citizenship. Should I apply for Irish citizenship?’ she asked.
‘What about my daughter’s entitlement to free education in NI in the future? Currently non-EU university students pay higher tuition fees than UK students; what if my daughter is an Irish citizen – where will she stand in relation to student loans, or even access to jobs in Northern Ireland?’
Magda has a primary and masters degree in psychology and a professional qualification in psychotherapy. She completed her education in Northern Ireland and while her qualifications are currently recognised in the EU, she doesn’t know whether this will be the case post-Brexit.
‘I need appropriate information. Where can I turn to for help?’
‘It felt like I had been hit by a hammer when I realised the result of the referendum. I could not believe it. It felt personal to me. I used to want to apply for UK citizenship because I felt equal and welcome here. Now that I may be forced to apply, I feel differently about it. I did not come to live and work in NI in the knowledge that I would be treated like this. Before, being a Polish national and EU citizen was part of my identity, however it has changed over the years living in NI.’
Magda said that after the referendum vote, there was an unpleasant atmosphere and she was aware of negative comments about EU migrants. While this has since improved, she is deeply affected by the negative stereotypical ideas about EU nationals shared by many local people or repeated in the press. She and her husband have toyed with the idea of moving away from Northern Ireland completely and starting again in a country such as Canada.
‘Will my daughter be able to come to Northern Ireland to live with me after she finishes her studies in Hungary post-Brexit?’
Judit is a Hungarian national who came to live and work in Northern Ireland in January 2017. Judit’s daughter Zoe has remained in Hungary where she is undertaking a 4-year university degree course.
‘My daughter Zoe is studying in Hungary. After Brexit, will Zoe be entitled to come and live with me in Northern Ireland when she completes her studies in 2021? What will the rules be then? Will there be any restriction on Zoe’s permission to come and live with me? For example, will she be required to demonstrate that she is financially self-sufficient and if so, what would that mean?’
‘Will I qualify for healthcare post-Brexit?’
Lorenzo is an Italian national who came to live and work in Northern Ireland in December 2017. Lorenzo who works in a low paid job suffers from epilepsy which he manages effectively with medication. ‘Will I qualify for healthcare post-Brexit or will I have to pay in full for my medication? I would struggle to afford the prescription charges, never mind the regular treatment I currently receive.’
‘Will I be entitled to use my EHIC card to access free emergency healthcare in Northern Ireland post-Brexit?’
Thomas is an Irish citizen who lives in the Republic of Ireland and works in Northern Ireland. Since 2014 he has been employed as an IT specialist by a bank in Belfast. He travels across the border each day to his workplace. Thomas is concerned about how Brexit will affect the rights of cross border workers like himself, particularly in relation to access to health care and pensions.
Currently Thomas can access health care should he need it while he is in Northern Ireland and he has a medical card issued by both the UK and Irish authorities. As he makes national insurance contributions in Northern Ireland, the UK authorities have issued him with a European Health Insurance Card.
Thomas is aware of the UK and Irish governments’ aspirations to maintain the Common Travel Area arrangements and to protect the rights of Irish citizens living or working in Northern Ireland post-Brexit. However, government statements on this point refer to protecting the rights of cross border workers who are working in Northern Ireland on ‘the specified date’ i.e. Brexit day, March 29th 2019.
Thomas is concerned that people who cross the border to work in Northern Ireland after March 29th will not be entitled to the same rights. ‘If I left my job and worked in the Republic or anywhere in the EU, and then I wanted to come back to Northern Ireland after Brexit day, I would not enjoy the same rights’, he said. ‘This loss of opportunity negatively impacts on both workers and the economy in Northern Ireland. Businesses recruiting in the border towns will find that it will deter people from coming over the border to work. They may not be able to get medical help if they need it; and what will happen to the national insurance and pension contributions they make?’
Thomas expects that in the future he will either qualify for a UK state pension (if he works in Northern Ireland for 10 or more years), or his UK pension contributions will be transferred to the Irish authorities and paid to him as part of his Irish state pension. ‘At the moment, the UK pension is increased in line with inflation and this increase is paid to EU nationals who qualify. Will this continue after Brexit?’
Thomas has been able to access and follow government pronouncements on the Brexit negotiations – but he has had to dig deeper for the information he needs on the rights of Irish cross border workers. ‘Will the final Brexit deal distinguish between the rights of Irish citizens and those of EU citizens working in Northern Ireland? I am not reassured that the commitment to maintain the Common Travel Area will guarantee Irish citizens’ rights to work and access services in Northern Ireland after Brexit. I hope and expect that, following Brexit, the UK government will extend the rights currently enjoyed by EU frontier workers under EU regulations to Irish citizen frontier workers. Our economic and social rights have been guaranteed in the past by the EU; nothing is guaranteed in the future.’
‘My non-EU mother-in-law needs our support and access to healthcare in Northern Ireland.’
Saorise is a British citizen living and working in Northern Ireland. She has been married to Ahmed, an Iranian citizen, for 20 years. Ahmed’s mother, who lives in Teheran, is unwell and, as she needs to be cared for by her son and family, she wants to come to live permanently with Saorise and Ahmed in Northern Ireland.
‘Will Ahmed’s mother be entitled to residency with us and if so, will she be entitled to free healthcare in Northern Ireland?’
The Law Centre NI has produced the following advice on settled status and how to apply; valid at December 2018, it may be subject to further amendment by the Home Office which is currently piloting the settled status scheme.
What is Settled Status?
As a result of Brexit, European citizens living in the UK need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they want to continue living here after 31st December 2020.
Why do I need to apply for Settled Status?
After Brexit, you will need Settled Status to show that you remain eligible to work, receive public services (e.g. education and NHS healthcare), public funds (e.g. social security benefits), etc. You will also need Settled Status if you want your family members to join you in the future.
Who needs to apply for Settled Status?
All EU citizens and their family members need to apply for Settled Status. EU citizens are citizens of: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. The requirements for citizens from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland have yet to be finalised.
Irish citizens do not need to apply for Settled Status, however, any family members who are not British or Irish will have to apply.
Who counts as a family member?
Family members include spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren, and dependent parents and grandparents. It does not matter where the family member is from – s/he might be from Bulgaria (e.g. EU country) or from Brazil (e.g. non EU country) – she is still considered a family member who needs should apply for Settled Status.
How do I apply?
You apply for Settled Status online by filling in a short application form. This online process has not opened yet. There are three steps:
1. You must verify your proof of identity and nationality. You can do this by scanning your EU passport or national identity card and uploading a photograph of yourself.
2. Confirm proof of 5 years’ residence. Many people will be able to do this by providing a National Insurance Number. If not, other documentation can be provided to show you have been here for 5 years.
3. Complete the criminality check by declaring criminal convictions.
4. Provide payment details.
Who qualifies for Settled Status?
If you have been a resident in the UK for more than 5 years you will be eligible for Settled Status. If you have been a resident for less than 5 years then you will receive Pre-Settled Status; the application process is the same.
When can I apply?
The online application process will be fully open by 30 March 2019. At the moment, it is not possible for those living in Northern Ireland to apply now.
Is there a deadline for applying for Settled Status?
Yes. You and your family members will have just over two years to apply for Settled Status: 30 March 2019 – 30 June 2021. It is very important that you apply in time so that you do not lose any of your existing rights and entitlements. Do not ignore Settled Status.
How much does it cost?
The application fee costs £65 for adults and £32.50 for children under 16 years. If you have already obtained a Permanent Residence document or Indefinite Leave to Remain, the application is free.
Is Settled Status the same as Permanent Residence?
Settled Status is very similar to Permanent Residence although there are some important differences. For example, to qualify for Permanent Residence, a person needs to have ‘exercised treaty rights’ for at least 5 years. To qualify for Settled Status, a person needs only to have been resident for 5 years, which is a much less onerous requirement. Second, Settled Status remains valid unless you leave the UK for a period of more than 5 years; Permanent Residence only remains valid for 2 years. The result is that it will be easier to obtain and retain Settled Status compared to Permanent Residence.
What type of document will I receive with Settled Status?
If your Settled Status application is successful, you will not receive a physical document; the process and outcome is entirely electronic. However, family members who are from outside the EU and who do not have a biometric residence card will receive a physical document.
I find it difficult to use a computer.
Help will be available by telephone and in person for EU nationals who might find it difficult to apply online. These details have yet to be confirmed.
I am a European citizen but I also have British citizenship: do I need to apply for Settled Status?
No. If you hold British citizenship then Settled Status does not apply to you.
Is there any point in applying for Permanent Residence now or should I wait until the Settled Status scheme opens?
Most EU citizens and their family members may wish to wait and apply for Settled Status. There is no need applying for Permanent Residence not least because it involves a much more complicated process including an application form of 80+ pages!
However, it does make sense for some people to apply for Permanent Residence now:
a) EU nationals / family members who plan to apply for British citizenship
b) Married EU nationals / family members who are getting divorced.
How can I keep up to date with any changes?
• Sign up to receive email alerts from eucitizensrights.campaign.gov.uk
• The 3million (a not for profit organisation formed after the Brexit referendum to protect EU citizens’ rights) is telling EU citizens in the UK to ‘think ahead and be safe’. It has published a checklist of documents which it considers will be useful to gather together now and keep ready in case these are required to prove your entitlement to settled status. This is particularly for those people whose records will not appear on the government’s systems i.e. via tax or benefit records. (Note that the reference to Council tax in the checklist is not relevant to Northern Ireland; instead, householders pay domestic rates to the Department of Finance via the Land and Property Services. You can telephone the LPS to enquire about rates: 0300 200 7801 (charged at local rate)). The checklist is available here.
The UK government has confirmed that there will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK while the UK remains in the EU. To find out more about the status of EU citizens in the UK, go to: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families
Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
Only solicitors and organisations which are accredited with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) can legally give immigration advice. The OISC is a statutory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Home Office. It regulates immigration advisers in the UK, ensuring they meet its standards, are fit and competent and act in the best interest of their clients. OISC maintains a register of regulated immigration advisers. To find an adviser in your area, visit: http://home.oisc.gov.uk/adviser_finder/finder.aspx . Check whether the adviser charges a fee.
OISC advisors employed by voluntary sector organisations in Northern Ireland are can be located in the Law Centre NI, Citizens Advice, the Migrant Centre NI and South Tyrone Empowerment Project:
Law Centre NI
The Immigration Hub at Law Centre NI advises on the law relating to EU free movement laws, family migration options, asylum and nationality laws. The Immigration hub also provides representation before the Tribunals (Immigration and Asylum). The Law Centre prioritises its service based on urgency of need (impact on individuals and families’), access to justice and on matters that raise complex or technical legal issues or points of wider public importance.
Law Centre’s immigration legal advice service provides specialist telephone advice on all areas of immigration law, generally on referral from frontline advice agencies. Advice Line service is available Wednesday– Friday between 9:30am and 1:00pm. The Law Centre can be contacted on 028 9024 4401.
All Citizens Advice offices in Northern Ireland are approved to provide OISC Level 1 advice, i.e. advice and assistance in relation to immigration. This includes advice and assistance with nationality and citizenship under UK law, and admission to, residence in and citizenship of EU member states under the EEA Regulations. Go to the Citizens Advice Northern Ireland website to locate the Citizens Advice office nearest to you, see: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/nireland/
Citizens Advice’s website contains extensive information on immigration; for more information see:
Citizens Information (Ireland)
Citizens Information has an information page on the current situation in relation to Brexit.
Migrant Centre NI
The Migrant Centre NI’s (MCNI) overall aim is to tackle racism and eliminate barriers against new and settled migrant communities in Northern Ireland. MCNI employs bilingual support workers who provide advice and advocacy in relation to financial health and wellbeing, and supporting victims of racist hate crimes and incidents. For help or support contact:
Financial health and wellbeing issues:
Lurgan and South West – Liz: email email@example.com
Belfast and North West – Radovan: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hate crime and discrimination issues across Northern Ireland
Aleksandra/Nikki: email email@example.com
Development Work and Immigration (advice only Level 1) Aggie: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Law Society of Northern Ireland
The Law Society of Northern Ireland has a directory of solicitors. To find a solicitor offering immigration advice in your area, go to https://www.lawsoc-ni.org/solicitors .
Choose ‘immigration’ in the ‘select a category’ box and your town in the ‘select a location’ box. Check with the solicitor what fee you will be charged.
South Tyrone Empowerment Project (S.T.E.P.)
S.T.E.P’s Law and Migrant Rights Centre provides a free professional legal advice and information in the areas of immigration, employment, social security, housing and education. Appointments are necessary; free language support is available. To make an appointment, contact reception on 028 87752011. See: http://www.stepni.org/migrant-project-what-we-do.asp
The Centre for Cross Border Studies
The Centre for Cross Border Studies’ Border People project’s website provides practical information for people crossing the border to live, work, study or retire. It provides a signposting service to a wide range of (single jurisdiction) information sources, the most popular of which are in the areas of social security, taxation, welfare benefits, healthcare, pensions, and motoring.
For more information contact Annmarie O’Kane, Border People Manager email@example.com, telephone 028 3751 5291 or see http://crossborder.ie/services/information-and-training-services/border-people/
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) is a professional association whose members practise in immigration, asylum and nationality law. ILPA has produced a series of information sheets providing a short, accessible overview of EU rights of residence and the issues affecting citizens from European Economic Area (EEA) and from Switzerland and their family members living in the UK in the context of Brexit. The information sheets are available at http://www.ilpa.org.uk/pages/brexit-information.html
The European Commission representation in the UK webpage has information on citizens’ rights and Brexit with answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions. See https://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/services/your-rights/Brexit_en
The3million is a not for profit organisation formed after the Brexit referendum to protect the lives of EU citizens who have made the UK their home.
• It aims to offer a support network for EU citizens living in the UK;
• It works with politicians and the UK government to guarantee the rights of all EU citizens in the UK and British citizens living in other member states for now and the future.
• It engages with businesses and public sector organisations to support their EU workers.
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
JCWI is an independent national charity based in the UK. It exists to campaign for justice in immigration, nationality and refugee law and policy; its mission is to promote justice, fairness and equality in immigration and asylum law and policy.
European Movement Ireland
European Movement Ireland has compiled a useful glossary of Brexit-related terms. This guide is not meant to be exhaustive but is designed to help the public to follow and better understand the negotiations. Although a number of the terms are more relevant to those living in the Republic of Ireland, the glossary will also be useful to people living in Northern Ireland. The glossary is available at http://www.europeanmovement.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/180302-Updated-Brexit-A-Z-FINAL.pdf
Scottish EU citizens’ rights project
The Scottish EU citizens’ rights project has produced fact sheets on EU citizens’ rights in the UK, before and after Brexit. These are available in English, Romanian, Polish, Latvian and Spanish here:https://publicpolicyevents.com/eu-citizens-rights/
Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens
The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens is concerned about the rights of children and young people who have a right to register for British citizenship but who had either lost that right, or had suffered a loss of basic rights due to their lack of British citizenship.
Many children and young adults are eligible to register as British citizens, but do not do so for various reasons. The project aims to raise awareness of registration and the importance of citizenship, as well as to support and increase the number of children and young adults who register as British citizens. The project has produced an excellent leaflet for Parents, Carers and Children which provides basic information on British citizenship: https://issuu.com/prcbc/docs/british_citizenship_claims
In this section you will find the contact details for your MEPs, MPs, and MLAs along with a range of other politicians working on or with a special interest in Brexit issues. You may wish to contact or write to these politicians to make your concerns known.
|Northern Ireland MEPs||Martina Anderson||Sinn Féin||Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Diane Dodds||DUP||Agriculture and Rural Development; Fisheriesemail@example.com|
|James Nicholson||UUP||Agriculture and Rural Developmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Irish MEPs||Lynn Boylan||Sinn Féin||Environment, Public Health and Food Safetyemail@example.com|
|Matt Carthy||Sinn Féin||Agriculture and Rural Developmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ness Childers||Independent||Environment, Public Health and Food Safetyemail@example.com|
|Deirdre Clune||Fine Gael||Transport and Tourismfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Brian Crowley||Fianna Fáil||Legal Affairsemail@example.com|
|Luke Ming Flanagan||Independent||Budgetary Control; Agriculture and Rural Developmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Marian Harkin||Independent||Employment and Social Affairsemail@example.com|
|Brian Hayes||Fine Gael||Economic and Monetary Affairsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Seán Kelly||Fine Gael||Industry, Research and Energyemail@example.com|
|Mairead McGuinness||Fine Gael||Agriculture and Rural Developmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Liadh N í Riada||Sinn Féin||Budgets; Fisheriesemail@example.com|
|Democratic Unionist Party||Gregory Campbellfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sir Jeffrey M. Donaldsonemail@example.com|
|Emma Little Pengellyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|East Antrim||Roy Beggs||UUPemail@example.com||93 362995|
|Stewart Dickson||Alliancefirstname.lastname@example.org||93 360825|
|David Hilditch||DUPemail@example.com||93 329980|
|Gordon Lyons||DUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||28 267722|
|John Stewart||UUPemail@example.com||28 272644|
|East Belfast||Andy Allen||UUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||90 463900|
|Joanne Bunting||DUPemail@example.com||90 797100|
|Naomi Long||Alliancefirstname.lastname@example.org||90 472004|
|Chris Lyttle||Allianceemail@example.com||90 472004|
|Robin Newton||DUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||90 459500|
|East Londonderry||Caoimhe Achibald||Sinn Féinemail@example.com||77 742488|
|George Robinson||DUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||77 769191|
|Claire Sugden||Independentemail@example.com||70 327294|
|Fermanagh and South Tyrone||Rosemary Barton||UUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||66 322028|
|Jemma Dolan||Sinn F éinemail@example.com|
|Arlene Foster||DUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||66 320722|
|Colm Gildernew||Sinn Féinemail@example.com|
|Se án Lynch||Sinn Féinfirstname.lastname@example.org||67 721642|
|Colum Eastwood||SDLPemail@example.com||71 350045|
|Raymond McCartney||Sinn Féinfirstname.lastname@example.org||71 377551|
|Gary Middleton||DUPemail@example.com||71 346271|
|Karen Mullan||Sinn Féinfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lagan Valley||Robbie Butler||UUPemail@example.com||07915020777|
|Pat Catney||SDLPfirstname.lastname@example.org||92 528203|
|Trevor Lunn||Allianceemail@example.com||92 671177|
|Mid Ulster||Keith Buchanan||DUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||79 300295|
|Linda Dillon||Sinn Féinemail@example.com||87 748689|
|Patsy McGlone||SDLPfirstname.lastname@example.org||86 758 175|
|Ian Milne||Sinn Féinemail@example.com||79 644550|
|Michelle O'Neill||Sinn Féinfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Newry and Armagh||Cathal Boylan||Sinn Féinemail@example.com||375 11797|
|Megan Fearon||Sinn Féinfirstname.lastname@example.org||30 261693|
|William Irwin||DUPemail@example.com||38 870500|
|Justin McNulty||SDLPfirstname.lastname@example.org||30 267 933|
|Conor Murphy||Sinn Féinemail@example.com||30 861948|
|North Antrim||Jim Allister||TUVfirstname.lastname@example.org||25 640 250|
|Paul Frew||DUPemail@example.com||25 641421|
|Philip McGuigan||Sinn Féinfirstname.lastname@example.org||27 657198|
|Mervyn Storey||DUPemail@example.com||27 669753|
|Robin Swan||UUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||25 659595|
|North Belfast||Paula Bradley||DUPemail@example.com|
|William Humphrey||DUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||90 744008|
|Gerry Kelly||Sinn Féinemail@example.com|
|Nichola Mallon||SDLPfirstname.lastname@example.org||95 150100|
|Car ál Ní Chuilín||Sinn Féinemail@example.com||90 740817|
|North Down||Steven Agnew||Green Partyfirstname.lastname@example.org||91 459110|
|Alan Chambers||UUPemail@example.com||91 477 555|
|Gordon Dunne||DUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||90 423322|
|Alex Easton||DUPemail@example.com||91 889620|
|Dr Stephen Farry||Alliancefirstname.lastname@example.org||07 775 687 152|
|South Antrim||Dr Steve Aiken OBE||UUPemail@example.com||93 344966|
|John Blair||Alliancefirstname.lastname@example.org||90 840930|
|Pam Cameron||DUPemail@example.com||90 342234|
|Declan Kearney||Sinn Féinfirstname.lastname@example.org||94 548 166|
|South Belfast||Clare Bailey||Green Partyemail@example.com|
|Paula Bradshaw||Alliancefirstname.lastname@example.org||90 328 162|
|Claire Hanna||SDLPemail@example.com||90 520369|
|M áirtin Ó Muilleoir||Sinn Féinfirstname.lastname@example.org||90 243194|
|South Down||Sin éad Bradley||SDLPemail@example.com|
|Sinéad Ennis||Sinn Féinfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Colin McGrath||SDLPemail@example.com||43 798350|
|Emma Rogan||Sinn Féin|
|Jim Wells||DUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||41 769900|
|Strangford||Kellie Armstrong||Allianceemail@example.com||91 811414|
|Mike Nesbitt||UUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||91 821587|
|Peter Weir||DUPemail@example.com||91 810858|
|Upper Bann||Doug Beattie MC||DUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||077545527257|
|Dolores Kelly||SDLPemail@example.com||38 322140|
|Carla Lockhart||DUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||38 310088|
|John O'Dowd||Sinn Féinemail@example.com||38 349675|
|West Belfast||Gerry Carroll||PBPfirstname.lastname@example.org||90 231628|
|Órlaithí Flynn||Sinn Féinemail@example.com|
|Alex Maskey||Sinn Féinfirstname.lastname@example.org||90 808404|
|Fra McCann||Sinn Féinemail@example.com||90 508989|
|Pat Sheehan||Sinn Féinfirstname.lastname@example.org||90 613894|
|West Tyrone||Michaela Boyle||Sinn Féinemail@example.com||71 886464|
|Thomas Buchanan||DUPfirstname.lastname@example.org||82 247702|
|Catherine Kelly||Sinn Féinemail@example.com|
|Declan McAleer||Sinn Féinfirstname.lastname@example.org||71 886464|
|Daniel McCrossan||SDLPemail@example.com||82 250060|
|Commons Select Committee||Member||Party|
|Northern Ireland Affairs Committee||Dr Andrew Murrison (Chair)||Conservativefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Gregory Campbell||Democratic Unionist Partyemail@example.com|
|Ian Paisley||Democratic Unionist Partyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jim shannon||Democratic Unionist Partyemail@example.com|
|Exiting the European Union Committee||Hilary Benn (Chair)||Labourfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Joanna Cherry||Scottish National Partyemail@example.com|
|Sir Christopher Chope||Conservativefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Peter Grant||Scottish National Partyemail@example.com|
|Wera Hobhouse||Liberal Democratfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Seema Malhotra||Labour (Co-op)||email@example.com|
|Hywel Williams||Plaid Cymrufirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sammy Wilson||Democratic Unionist Partyemail@example.com|
|Home Affairs Committee||Yvette Cooper (Chair)||Labourfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sir Christopher Chope||Conservativeemail@example.com|
|Stephen Doughty||Labour (Co-op)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Stuart C McDonald||Scottish National Partyemail@example.com|
|Alex Norris||Labour (Co-op)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Public Administration and Consititutional Affairs Committee||Sir Bernard Jenkin (Chair)||Conservativeemail@example.com|
|Ronnie Cowan||Scottish National Partyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dame Cheryl Gillan||Conservativeemail@example.com|
|Dr Rupa Huq||Labourfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Women and Equalities Committee||Maria Millar (Chair)||Conservativeemail@example.com|
|Angela Crawley||Scottish National Partyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Gavin Shuker||Labour (Co-op)||email@example.com|
|Joint Select Committees|
|Human Rights||Harriet Harman (Chair)||Labourfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Joanna Cherry||Scottish National Partyemail@example.com|
|Baroness Hamwee||Liberal Democratfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon||Labouremail@example.com|
|Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne||Conservativefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lords Select Committees|
|Constitution Committee||Baroness Taylor of Bolton (Chairman)||Labouremail@example.com|
|Lord Beith||Liberal Democratfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lord Hunt of Wirral||Conservativeemail@example.com|
|Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market||Conservativefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lord Norton of Louth||Conservativeemail@example.com|
|Lord Wallace of Tankerness||Liberal Democratfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|EU External Affairs Sub Committee||Baroness Verma (Chairman)||Conservativeemail@example.com|
|Baroness Armstrong of Hilltop||Labourfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Baroness Brown of Cambridge||Crossbenchemail@example.com|
|Baroness Chalker of Wallasey||Conservativefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|The Earl of Oxford and Asquith||Liberal Democratemail@example.com|
|Baroness Suttie||Liberal Democratfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Barones Symons of Vernham Dean||Labouremail@example.com|
|EU Home Affairs Sub Committee||Lord Jay of Ewelme (Chairman)||Crossbenchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Baroness Janke||Liberal Democratemail@example.com|
|Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate||Conservativefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Baroness Massey of Darwen||Labouremail@example.com|
|Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan||Labourfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Baroness Pinnock||Liberal Democratemail@example.com|
|EU Justice Sub Committee||Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws (Chairman)||Labourfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lord Anderson of Swansea||Labouremail@example.com|
|The Earl of Kinnoull||Crossbenchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Baroness Ludford||Liberal Democratemail@example.com|
|Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia||Conservativefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|EU Select Committee||Lord Boswell of Aynho (Chairman)||Nonemail@example.com|
|Baroness Armstrong of Hilltop||Labourfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Baroness Brown of Cambridge||Crossbenchemail@example.com|
|Baroness Falkner of Margravine||Liberal Democratfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lord Jay of Ewelme||Crossbenchemail@example.com|
|Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws||Labourfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|The Earl of Kinnoull||Crossbenchemail@example.com|
|Baroness Suttie||Liberal Democratfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lord Teverson||Liberal Democratemail@example.com|
|All Party Parliamentary Group||Phone||Website||Member||Party|
|Better Brexit for Young Peoplefirstname.lastname@example.org||03301 310353||http://www.mylifemysay.org.uk/appg-better-brexit/||Stephen Kinnock||Labour|
|Caroline Lucas||Green Party|
|Tom Brake||Liberal Democrat|
|Brexpats Living in Continental Europe and European Expats in the UKemail@example.com||07952111722||http://www.brexpats.org/about||Nigel Evans||Conservative|
|Lord Collins of Highbury||Labour|
|Dame Cheryl Gillan||Conservative|
|Lord Oates||Liberal Democrat|
|Sammy Wilson||Democratic Unionist Party|
|EU Relationsfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 7219 2115||http://www.eurelations.uk/||Chuka Umunna||Labour|
|Jonathan Edwards||Plaid Cymru|
|Stephen Gethins||Scottish National Party|
|Jo Swinson||Liberal Democrat|
|Caroline Lucas||Green Party|
|Lord Kerr of Kinlochard||Crossbench|
|Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted||Liberal Democrat|
|Lord Wigley||Plaid Cymru|
|Human Rightsemail@example.com||020 7219 6609||http://appg-humanrights.org.uk/||Ann Clwyd||Labour|
|International Studentsfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 7608 7090||http://exeduk.com/appgis/||Paul Blomfield||Labour|
|Alison Thewliss||Scottish National Party|
|Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe||Labour|
|Migrationemail@example.com||020 7219 7162||http://appgmigration.org.uk/||Kate Green||Labour|
|Lord Teverson||Liberal Democrat|
|Baroness Hamwee||Liberal Democrat|
|UK Department for Exiting the EU||Minister||Title||Stakeholder Submissions|
|Dominic Raab MP||Secretary of State for Exiting the European Unionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lord Callanan||Minister of State|
|Robin Walker MP||Parliamentary Under Sectretary of State|
|Chris Heaton-Harris MP||Parliamentary Under Secretary of State|
|Suella Braverman MP||Parliamentary Under Secretary of State|
|Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade||Simon Coveney TD||T ánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade|
|Ciar án Cannon TD||Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development|
|Helen McEntee TD||Minister of State for European Affairs|
|Party||Spokesperson on Brexit|
|Fine Gael||Senator Neale Richmondemail@example.com|
|Fianna Fáil||Lisa Chambers TDfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sinn Féin||David Cullinane TD||David.email@example.com|
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