It's finally coming. Brexit is creeping up on everyone, not like "dead-man-walking" but it has been going on for quite some time and becomes official as of 31 January, 2020. Of course, you already know that, right? So, will you celebrate the event, pay tribute to it, or observe it in any specific way? Believe me, we have heard a wide-range of answers on this as opinions run the full length of the "Remain" to "Leave" spectrum! Then, how about the EU citizens that have had a long-time relationship with Britain? This article provides insight into "What Now for Europeans Who Love Britain?"
In an effort to commemorate the historic moment, many wanted Big Ben to "bong" one last time. But the reality is that as it is currently under construction, the cost is prohibitive with estimates at £500,000 ($650,000 USD). Instead, the BBC reports that "the clock will tick down to 23:00 GMT, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson will give a "special" address to the nation in the evening, the government said. A special 50p coin will also enter circulation to mark the occasion. But the plans do not include Big Ben chiming, after Commons authorities said the cost could not be justified."
At that point, there is a serious amount of work to do.
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As of now, under the settlement scheme approximately 2.7 million EU citizens living in the UK have applied for settled status, which leaves nearly a million more estimated that would need to depart at some point or apply for settled status. Recently, the UK did make a statement that EU citizens would not automatically be deported if they failed to apply and convert to settled status by 2021. EU nationals have until June next year to apply to the Home Office for settled status (SS). According to The Guardian, so far, "58% of applicants were granted settled status and 41% were granted the more precarious pre-settled status, which allows people to stay in the UK for a further five years." Many in the UK have suggested that EU countries have not been as good as they have about committing to UK citizens that are currently living and working in their countries.
From a travel perspective, post-Brexit travelers are not expecting to be impacted much. Americans who fly to Britain and then on to an EU country will have to go through customs in both locations and the lines will be longer now that Brits will be in line too. The bigger change will be for Brits who now need their passport and as of the end of 2020, European Union citizens won't be allowed to use their national cards to enter Britain.
As for visits up to 90 days in a 180 day period, both sides are proposing that no visa would be necessary and will be handled with just a stamp in the passport. Additionally, the British government has said that trains, ferries, cruises and buses will continue to run without impact post-Brexit.
According to the NY Times, while it’s the official end of a 47-year partnership, little will change immediately, as Britain will abide by European Union regulations for the rest of 2020 while the two sides conduct trade talks. Here are the latest updates.
Another interesting synopsis is presented here from Morning Brew.
Further resources to support staying on top of the latest HR/mobility concerns related to Brexit 2020:
Brexit is finally going to happen on Jan. 31 (though we'll believe it when we see it) and it's safe to say most of us are sick to the back teeth of hearing about the a six-letter B word. A word of warning: If you're no fan of alliteration, might I suggest you avert your eyes? The UK Prime Minister — another B word we've heard far too much about — Boris Johnson is banging on about plan that'll let Brits "bung a bob for a Big Ben bong." That's a lot of Bs — and yet, not one of them is Brexit.