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British citizens residing in France, Malta, Luxembourg and Latvia have until 30 June to register with authorities there to secure their post-Brexit rights. The Netherlands did have the same deadline, but have since extended it to 1 October. Failure to do so could lead to them losing all of their basic rights and ultimately see them deported.
Under the Brexit withdrawal agreement, UK citizens who were legally resident in an EU country before 31 December last year are eligible for permanent residence.
A total of 14 EU countries, including Spain, Germany, Portugal and Italy, adopted systems which automatically gave a new post-Brexit residence status to legally resident Britons.
This meant there was no risk of losing rights if any administrative deadline was missed.
The remaining 13 states meanwhile require UK nationals to formally apply for their new residence status, including the four who set an earlier cutoff date of 30 June.
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Brexit live: The UK finally left the EU on December 31, 2020 (Image: GETTY)
“That’s only a month to go before a hard deadline, after which a lot of people could lose their rights,” Michaela Benson, a professor of public sociology at Lancaster University, who has specialised in studying British residents in the EU, told the Guardian.
“We urgently need more communication – from the UK, the EU and member states – to get in touch, especially with hard-to-reach, vulnerable UK citizens who risk missing a vital cutoff point.”
Ms Benson said the people at risk of “falling through the gaps” were often the most vulnerable.
“Those who have stayed off the radar for whatever reason – maybe because they couldn’t prove they were lawfully resident when they had to,” she said.
Brexit live: David Frost and Michel Barnier led negotiations (Image: GETTY)
“The ones to worry about are those who are just scraping by, perhaps in remote areas.
“They are not likely to come forward of their own accord. There will also be homeless British people, sick British people, British children in care.”
The EU/UK joint committee on citizens’ rights estimates that 298,000 Britons live in the 13 countries requiring people to come forward and register.
But only 190,000 have applied for their new status, it believes.
Express.co.uk has contacted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for comment.
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Jeremy Clarkson returns to Amazon Prime Video soon for his brand new farming show, Clarkson’s Farm.
However, things were far from plain sailing for the star who pinned the blame for a number of complications down to Brexit in an exclusive interview.
Speaking to Express.co.uk and other press ahead of the premiere, the former Top Gear host took aim at Brexit for a number of his problems.
When asked about any setbacks he experienced during filming of the show, Jeremy joked: “Weather, weather, weather, weather, Brexit, weather, COVID, weather, weather and sheep would be the 10 biggest problems that we had…
“It’s unlikely to ever be for the better. I’m, you know, I was a Remainer.
“So I mean, banning the neonicotinoids, which is what you’re talking about was a necessary thing to do.
“I actually think because, you know, you’ll [Caleb] probably disagree. He does disagree.”
4:50am update: EU to launch Covid recovery plan in June
The European Council has announced countries will be able to launch the bloc´s coronavirus recovery plan in June after all 27 members approved the scheme.
Antonio Costa, the prime minister of Portugal and current chair of the Council, said: “The European Union is now able to obtain the necessary funding for the European social and economic recovery.”
The Commission will now be able to go to the capital markets and borrow the money to finance the plan in the name of the EU members.
The EU´s landmark 750-billion-euro ($910-billion) recovery plan, known as Next Generation EU, was drawn up in July 2020.
The European Council has announced countries will be able to launch the bloc´s coronavirus plan (Image: PA)
3:30am update: Thousands of Brits in EU could miss residency rights deadline
Tens of thousands of Britons living in the European Union have only 30 days to secure their post-Brexit residence rights.
Citizens of the UK who have emigrated to France, Malta, Luxembourg and Latvia, face a June 30 deadline to ensure they retain the right to remain, but large numbers have not yet applied.
Fourteen countries, including Italy, Spain and Portugal, introduced systems automatically granting post-Brexit residence rights to Britons who were already living in their countries lawfully.
But the remaining 13 require British citizens to apply. According to the EU-UK joint committee on citizens’ rights, set up as part of the Brexit deal, about 298,000 Britons live in the 13 countries where applications are needed to remain, but only 190,000 have done so.
Joe Biden would be furious with the EU if any bid is tabled by the bloc to seek revenge on the UK over Brexit, as one of his closest and most trusted colleagues warned Brussels against feeling “scatterbrained” and punishing Britain.
John Kerry, a key figure in the Biden administration as US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, was serving as Secretary of State in 2016 under former US President Barack Obama.
Mr Kerry appeared alarmed after German Chancellor Angela Merkel, then-French President Francois Hollande and then-Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed to get tough on Britain in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit referendum.
Holding an emergency summit, the three leaders insisted there would be no discussions at all with the UK about its breakaway until Article 50 was triggered.
Katya Adler, the BBC’s Europe Editor, cast light on how this is seen in Brussels ‒ suggesting European leaders belittle the suggestion by questioning why the British are being so “emotional”.
She said: “The one question I’m asked pretty much more than any other when it comes to Brexit is: ‘Is the EU punishing the UK for wanting to leave?’
“To punish someone suggests emotion, anger or a desire for revenge but, when it comes to Brexit, the Europeans have said they are surprised at how emotional the UK has been.”
Britons are boycotting EU goods in response to the bloc’s hostility over the UK’s decision to quit, a new analysis by a pro-Brexit think tank has suggested, with imports from the rest of the world now outstripping those from the continent.
Facts4EU’s editor-in-chief Leigh Evans said Brussels must now consider is wisdom of alienating consumers in a marketplace which is often dubbed “Treasure Island” in reference to the vast quantity of goods exported by members of the EU27.
Facts4EU used figures from the Office of National Statistics to compare the value of goods imported from EU and non-EU countries in March 2021 with the same period two years ago.
In March 2019, important from the EU27 totalled £25.2billion, compared with £17.8billion for the rest of the world.
This year, EU imports had fallen significantly, to £18.9billion (a drop of 29.4 percent), while non-EU imports stood at £19.3billion (up 2.1 percent) – meaning the latter outstripped the former for the first time since records began.
The report also indicates a year-on-year drop in the value of imports from the EU27.
Britons are boycotting EU goods in response to the bloc’s hostility over the UK’s decision to quit (Image: PA)
The European Commission has revealed the bloc is facing another Covid vaccine delay but played down fears saying the deliveries of the Johnson & Johnson jab was only temporary.
Back in April, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the single-dost shot of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine.
But now, the Commission has revealed the pharmaceutical company was still due to meet its contract for total doses by the end of this year.
An EU spokesperson said: “Member states were informed of certain delays when it comes to the delivery of Johnson and Johnson shots, and they expressed their concern.
“The way we understand it is that this is a temporary reduction in deliveries and we can expect to see an increase in deliveries of doses soon.
“We’re still working on the basis of the hypothesis that we’re going to have the number of doses agreed on the whole, the second and third quarters.”
Dylan Donnelly takes over reporting from Oliver Pritchard-Jones
10.15pm update: Brexit Britain can capitalise on the breakdown in EU-Swiss talks
Brexit Britain can capitalise on the breakdown of talks between the EU and Switzerland, according to one influential commentator.
Financial columnist Matthew Lynn said both the British and the Swiss can capitalise on being “frozen out of” the EU’s single market.
He suggested that the two countries create a common marketplace to rival the EU.
Writing in the Spectator, he said: “A Swiss-UK Common Market would have three big advantages.
“It would boost both economies, and compensate at least partially for the inevitable loss of trade with the EU as checks and tariffs are imposed. It would form a more significant negotiating bloc with Brussels.
“And, of course over time, it would form an attractive alternative to the EU for other countries to join.”
9.30pm update: EU denies using Northern Ireland to ‘punish’ UK for Brexit
The EU has denied using Northern Ireland to “punish” the UK for voting to leave the bloc.
EU chief Maros Sefcovic claimed that they searched for four years for the “best solution to the very sensitive situation in Northern Ireland”.
He spoke after newly appointed DUP leader Edwin Poots told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that the region was being used as a “plaything” by Europe in a political battle between the EU and the UK.
“I would like to hear from Mr Poots himself but also from other leaders of the political parties who form the Northern Ireland Executive and discuss with them what we can do better,” Mr Sefcovic told the BBC.
EU chief Maros Sefcovic (Image: Getty)
8.30pm update: Brexit art exhibition begins in Paris
A Brexit art show featuring pieces from both sides of the English Channel has begun in Paris.
I Love You, Moi Non Plus drew more than 400 submissions including paintings, illustrations, photography, music and writing aimed at exploring the new British-French relationship.
Of these entries, 20 were chosen for the exhibition at the French capital’s Hotel de Coulanges
Ruth Mackenzie, the chair of Arts Council England’s London Area Council and former director of Scottish Opera, dreamed up the project to remind people that Brexit was more than just economics.
She told the Guardian: “The artwork submitted by people showed the depth of emotion sparked by Brexit, which ran from rage to grief and sadness with a lot of humour and wit. Most people found something to laugh about, even if it was bittersweet.”
7.45pm update: New DUP leader dismisses Swiss-style deal on trade over Irish Sea
The DUP’s newly appointed leader has rejected a proposal for a Swiss-style deal to overcome trade barriers and checks between Britain and Northern Ireland.
It would replace the current Northern Ireland protocol and remove 80 percent of protocol checks, observers claim.
But Edwin Poots – who replaced Arlene Foster as leader last week – is not a fan of the arrangement.
He told the BBC: “That struck me as a temporary solution.
“I want permanent solutions to take the barriers away between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and provide security in terms of the single market that goods entering the European Union from Great Britain have the appropriate checks.”
7.10pm update: Senior EU Commissioner defends Northern Ireland protocol
A senior European Commission figure has defended the Northern Ireland protocol despite the ongoing issues it is causing in the province.
Maroš Šefčovič said he was looking at “solutions” to iron out disruption to businesses caused by the protocol.
It was a key part of the Brexit agreement and kept Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods creating a border in the Irish sea.
This has angered unionists and loyalists, who feel the region is being separated from the rest of the UK.
Mr Šefčovič, who is in charge from Brussels’ side of leading talks with the UK’s Michael Gove and David Frost to adapt the protocol, said there was “plenty of opportunity” to transform the protocol into “something positive, good for the future which would guarantee the peace, stability and prosperity for all”.
DUP leader Edwin Poots (Image: Getty)
France, Germany and Italy are hoping to strike their own post-Brexit agreements with Britain to increase defence cooperation now that the UK is outside the bloc.
Talks are reportedly being conducted behind the scenes by ambassadors, ministers and their teams to see if there is a way for the countries to strengthen ties with the UK.
The development comes after Britain said it was not interested in forging closer security and foreign policy cooperation ties with the EU.
The three leading European powers’ quest to link up with the UK on defence comes just months after the UK rejected a foreign and security component when it signed a post-Brexit trade deal with Brussels.
5.55pm update: Brexit shrank UK service exports more than £110bn over four years
Brexit has shrank UK services exports by more than £110bn over a four-year period, new research shows.
Experts at Aston University in Birmingham found that UK services exports from 2016 to 2019 were cumulatively £113bn lower than they would have been had the UK not voted to quit the EU in June 2016.
The researchers calculated the figure by projecting how industries from IT and finance to business services would have grown if they had continued on their previous paths, and compared that with how they had actually progressed since the vote for Brexit. The gap was £113bn.
“What we find raises serious concerns about the damage to the UK’s services trade position and the likely spillovers to the economy and jobs related to the services sectors,” Jun Du, professor of economics at Aston Business School, told the Financial Times.
5.25pm update: Emmanuel Macron will regret spiteful UK travel ban aimed soley as Brexit punishment
Emmanuel Macron will regret closing France’s borders to the vast majority of UK citizens, a leading commentator has claimed.
Ross Clark asked why the French president had singled out the UK – while ignoring his EU neighbours who are equally, if not more, engulfed with the Indian Covid variant.
He went on to claim that all this pointed to Mr Macron’s desire to punish the UK for voting to leave the EU rather than any desire to control the virus.
“If that is the game Macron wants to play, then fine. We can go on holiday elsewhere. But the people he will be damaging most will be those who work in France’s own tourist industry,” he added.
French president Emmanuel Macron (Image: Getty)
4.44pm update: Tens of thousands of Brits living in EU yet to apply for post-Brexit residence as June 30 deadline looms
Tens of thousands of British nationals in five EU member states have yet to apply for post-Brexit residence.
They risk losing their right to live and work in countries including France and the Netherlands unless they file their demands within 30 days.
“There’s only a month to go before a hard deadline, after which a lot of people could lose their rights,” Michaela Benson, a professor of public sociology at Lancaster University, who has specialised in studying British residents in the EU, told the Guardian.
“We urgently need more communication – from the UK, the EU and member states – to get in touch, especially with hard-to-reach, vulnerable UK citizens who risk missing a vital cutoff point.”
Fourteen countries, including Spain, Germany, Portugal and Italy, opted for systems that automatically confer a new post-Brexit residence status on legally resident Britons, with no risk of losing rights if any administrative deadline is missed.
The other 13, however, operate systems under which UK nationals must formally apply for their new residence status. Five of them – France, the Netherlands, Malta, Luxembourg and Latvia – have set an earlier deadline of 30 June for doing so.
4.10pm update: Britain’s economy will grow at faster pace than expected this year and next
Britain’s economy will grow at a faster pace than expected this year and next following the crippling effects of the coronavirus crisis, according to a major international organisation.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) upgraded its outlook for the UK economy, forecasting gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 7.2 percent this year and 5.5 percent in 2022, due to the success of the vaccination rollout and the easing of lockdown restrictions.
It said that growth was being driven by a “rebound of consumption, notably of services”, and that GDP is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels in early 2022.
“The United Kingdom could suffer the biggest reduction amongst G7 countries (a decline of 0.5 percentage point per annum), in part reflecting the additional adverse supply-side effects from 2021 following Brexit,” it said.
3.23pm update: France, Italy and Germany seek post-Brexit agreement with UK
France, Italy and Germany are all trying to reach bilateral post-Brexit agreements after Britain said it was not interested in closer security and foreign policy cooperation with the EU.
The behind-the-scenes discussions run in contrary from much of the rhetoric from Downing Street about its former EU partners.
The discussions have reportedly focused on defence cooperation but go far wider, and would be the first signs that the UK was capable of forging positive bilateral relations with its European partners.
Boris Johnson’s willingness last week to host the Hungarian prime minister as the first mainland European leader in Downing Street was regarded as a setback to a gradual normalisation of British-European relations.
Mr Johnson is hoping the move signals a new era of relations between the EU and Britain (Image: Getty)
3.00pm update: Oliver Pritchard-Jones taking over from Luke Hawker
A major Welsh independence campaign group warned the Conservative’s handling of Brexit was turning centre-ground and on-the-fence Welsh citizens to explore what an independent Wales would look like.
Chairman of YesCymru Sion Jobbins spoke to Express.co.uk and explained the Brexit debate has “destabilised” things in Wales which has seen typically apathetic people begin to explore independence ideas.
He warned the faith they had in British institutions was being “undermined” leading to stronger calls for local, centralised governance.
He added his group did not take a stance on Brexit but has observed it strengthening the cause.
Brexit live: The allocation of seats in the European Parliament after Brexit (Image: EXPRESS)
Boris Johnson has said he hopes to “tempt the palates” Justin Trudeau and Canadians with British cheese to seal a hefty post-Brexit trade deal which would open up more business opportunities for firms on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Prime Minister said an agreement is being held up by reluctance in Ottawa to “allow too much British cheese” into the market, and insisted that it’s just the thing that is “really needed” by Canadian shoppers.
His comments came as the UK prepares to launch new trade negotiations with Canada.
The European Union will collapse within a decade, according to former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, who pointed out how “impressed” many Europeans are with Britain’s success outside of the EU.
Speaking to Fox Business, the former Brexit Party leader said that Brexit’s success will become a model for other European countries “impressed” by Britain’s life outside of the EU.
He said that many in Europe were looking on in jealousy after much of the EU scaremongering about Brexit failed to materialise.
Brexit live: Ursula von der Leyen is the President of the European Commision (Image: GETTY)
10.30am update: EU demands UK cave in Brexit row
The European Commission’s vice-president has sought to blame Boris Johnson’s Government for the unease over the Northern Ireland Protocol among loyalists, saying London should ditch ideology and instead adopt a pragmatic approach.
Maroš Šefčovič hit out at Britain’s response to the post-Brexit situation in the six counties, and defended the controversial protocol, which is designed to protect the bloc’s single market at the border with the UK without returning to a hard border on the island of Ireland.
His rebuke of the UK’s response comes after unionist and loyalist anger descended into violence in recent weeks over post-Brexit border checks.
Mr Šefčovič said he was looking at possible “solutions” to solve the problems arising.
However, he insisted the protocol should not be scrapped, saying it presented “opportunity” and would take care of daily problems in Northern Ireland.
He said the UK “just need to get over, I would say, ideology into pragmatism and real politics and go for this type of veterinary agreement, which could be done just like this within a few weeks”.
Brexit: Northern Ireland ‘being used as a plaything’ says Poots
Boris Johnson has been told to drop his ideological posturing and embrace a greater pragmatism over the Northern Ireland protocol by a top EU official.
The protocol was agreed to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland, amid fears that such an outcome could undermine the Good Friday peace agreement.
Under the terms of the Brexit agreement, Northern Ireland has effectively remained in the EU’s single market.
This has resulted in the creation of a de facto customs border between the province and mainland UK in the Irish Sea.
Northern Ireland has been “weaponised” by the European Union over less than one percent of trade, a Brexiteer has said, as a post-Brexit row rages on.
The UK and European Union remain at an impasse over the implementation of the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol.
The mechanism was created to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland and ties Belfast to the EU customs union and single market.
Former Brexit Party MEP James Wells said: “What should have happened in the first place is there should have been implementation of light regulation on the border between NI and Ireland using the existing border.
Brexit live: Five key moments that led to Brexit (Image: EXPRESS)
Boris Johnson has been warned the post-Brexit trade deal with Australia could spectacularly backfire on him, as areas that have historically not voted SNP could be most affected by it, providing Nicola Sturgeon with a chance to claw back some support.
The UK’s negotiating team – led by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss – are aiming to have a post-Brexit trade deal signed with Australia before the G7 summit in Cornwall on June 11.
But the proposals for a zero-tariff and zero-quota trade deal has sparked a furious backlash from farmers, who have warned they face being undercut by a wave of meat imports from Australia that could flood the market under a free trade agreement.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has argued Scotland is being “shut out” of a potential Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Australia and warned the deal would be a “betrayal” of British farmers.
Relations with the European Union will be fractious for years to come as eurocrats come to terms with Britain’s status as an sovereign nation, insiders warn.
Whitehall officials believe hiccups will continue to crop up because Brussels is struggling to adjust to the fact it has a genuine competitor on its doorstep.
Sources say the EU has deliberately bandied around threats in rows over fishing rights and vaccines as the first port of call in the skirmishes.
Brexit minister Lord Frost has told colleagues not to rise to their bait when there are issues with the UK-EU trade agreement.