Dinner table chat - Brexit…

So…Article 50 has been triggered and everyone is talking about it. Are you at a loss for something to say that seems interesting or relevant? Here are some facts you could use for your dinner table chat…

  1. The rights of EU citizens in the UK have NOT changed - yet.

  2. EU nationals who have lived in the UK for at least 5 years currently have the right to permanent residence.

  3. EU law will continue to apply in the UK until it stops being a member.

  4. The Government plans to incorporate all EU legislation into UK law in one go via a Great Repeal Bill.

  5. Article 50 is just five paragraphs long.

  6. The UK will, in the absence of an EU agreement on trade, have to operate according to World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, which could lead to customs checks and tariffs.

  7. Any eventual Brexit deal also has to be agreed by the European Parliament.

  8. The EHIC card, which allows travellers to access urgent medical treatment within the EU, is NOT an EU initiative.

  9. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg is NOT an EU institution, so the UK will remain subject to its decisions.

  10. The UK government plans to repeal the Human Rights Act, which may then have an impact on the influence of the ECHR on the UK.

Remember, though, that things are changing so fast that what’s true today may not be true tomorrow, so, stay tuned for more updates from us!


ECHR - European Court of Human Rights

EHIC - European Health Insurance Card

EU - European Union

UK - United Kingdom

WTO - World Trade Organisation

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