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Since the 2016 EU referendum, we have been campaigning to protect the rights of EU citizens living and working in the UK.

We have done this through:

  • lobbies of parliament;
  • working with other campaign groups;
  • and organising and supporting members to get active in their branch, workplace and community.

Though we have been calling on the government to agree to the rights of over three million Europeans who live in the UK, regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, they have instead introduced a new immigration category called ‘Settled Status’.

We are closely monitoring the Home Office proposal for the new  registration process while continuing to demand that the rights of EU citizens are ring-fenced and guaranteed in law with proper parliamentary oversight.

If you’re an EU citizen currently living and working in the UK at the moment, please note that your rights have not changed yet. EU citizens should be free from discrimination and xenophobia in the workplace and outside it.

EU Rights are now offering free legal advice if you’re holding an event around citizens’ rights or Settled Status.

What You Can Do:



Brexit – what UNISON is doing now

Four years after Article 50, UNISON is working hard to keep the government honest over the UK’s separation from Europe – and the settled status deadline is fast approaching

UNISON calls for deadline extension for settled status

Many measures supporting workers with the settled status application process have been withdrawn during the pandemic

Settled status: UNISON can help

“UNISON will carry on campaigning with, and on behalf, of our European members and their families to retain their existing rights post Brexit.”

Keir Starmer: ‘The public should have the option to remain’

Shadow Brexit secretary tells UNISON that the option to remain in the EU should be part of any second referendum

Immigration advice as Brexit approaches

If you’re a member and worried about your status after the UK’s scheduled departure from the European Union, we can help