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British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

Question for Home Office

UIN 188868, tabled on 6 November 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Surinder Singh route for spouses and families of British citizens will apply to returning UK citizens from an EU member state after the end of the implementation period for the UK leaving the EU.

Answered on

12 November 2018

Although they are not covered by the draft Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, the Statement of Intent on the EU Settlement Scheme published on 21 June 2018 confirmed that, as a matter of domestic policy, the Government has decided that family members lawfully resident in the UK under the Surinder Singh route by the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020 will be eligible to apply for status under the scheme.

After the end of the planned implementation period, the UK will no longer be bound by EU free movement law and the UK’s domestic immigration rules will apply. We will publish a White Paper on the future borders and immigration system later this autumn.

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