Getting a job in the UK post Brexit

Jim2007

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All the information available today suggest that it should not be a problem for an Irish citizen to live and work in the UK after BREXIT. Whether or not it will be easy to find a job after BREXIT remains to be seen.
 

cremeegg

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Interesting question this.

If no withdrawal agreement is signed before 29 March next then I think that the answer is that it will not be possible for an Irish National to get a job in the UK, initially ay least.

To get a job in the UK, rent a property, use the NHS, or open a bank account you must prove that you are entitled to do so. This is different from the situation in Ireland where there is no onus on a landlord for example to check the residency status of a tenant.

At present EU nationals are entitled to work in the UK because the UK is a member of the EU. Once the UK leaves the EU on 29 March next, as I understand it there will be no legal basis for EU nationals to work in the UK.

Predating the EU, Britain and Ireland have the Common Travel Area agreement CTA, which gives Irish people quite extensive rights in the UK, including the right to work and even vote there. However as this was largely superseded by both countries becoming members of the EU, it is not clear that it automatically resumes after 29 March.

It is of course open to the UK to introduce fresh legislation to provide a legal basis for Irish people to work in the UK. That seems unlikely in the short term at least.

If a withdrawal agreement is signed before 29 March, then although the UK leaves the EU, existing arrangements will continue as before until 31 December 2020. The exact details of a withdrawal agreement are not clear yet, so it is not clear if the right to work in the UK will extend to Irish people not resident in the UK before 23 June 2016 or 29 March 2018. The UK initially said not, but they appear to have conceded the point recently.

After 31 December 2020, the answer will depend on the terms of some future trade deal.

While common sense says that Irish people will continue to be able to work in the UK, Britain seems to have left the realm of common sense.
 

jpd

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In the crazy world of UK politics since the Brexit vote, who can have any confidence in anything the UK government says about the situation post next March?
 

cremeegg

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The UK Government have so far indicated that they will not make changes to the Ireland Act nor their CTA commitments.
That, as I understand it is based on the December agreement with the EU council

That December agreement outlines a basis for the withdrawal agreement. Which may or may not be signed by 29 March next.

Several UK ministers have said that various elements of the December agreement will not apply in the event of no withdrawal agreement being reached.
 
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