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We extracted the 14 key recommendations from the British Future report on the status of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit

British Future published the first report of its kind, looking at our possible future status after Brexit. Many were shocked by the nomination of the chair of the Leave campaign Gisela Stuart as the chair of the inquiry or the presence of Suzanne Evans (UKIP)  in the panel but Sunder Katwala (CEO of British Future) took a gamble and it has paid off as all members of the panel* approved the 14 recommendations, including unilaterally guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens. 

You can read British Future's official statement, including a quote from yours truly.

These are the 14 recommendations made by British Future in its report on the status of EU citizens after Brexit:

1. Cutoff date when Art.50 is triggered to benefit of the following rights:
2. New legislation to convert Permanent Residency (PR) into bespoke Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) status
3. EU citizens on the way to PR to have a 5-year transition period from Brexit
4. There are significant differences between PR and ILR ('good character test' english test, salary threshold, cost of application). Bespoke ILR for EU citizens not to exceed cost of passport (£72)
5. Bespoke ILR not to have English test or salary threshold
6 Children in care. Home Office to offer PR and ILR and entitled to legal aid
7. Family migration - 5 year transition period after Brexit to continue family migration.
8. Social and education rights. 5 year transitional period to upkeep right.
9. Pensions uprating for EU citizenship taking their pension in another EEA country
10. Local Authorities (LA) to be first line to approve PR for EU citizens for the same price (£65). More complicated cases to be referred to the Home Office). LA will check HMRC or DWP databases and approx. 1.8m people should see their application processed this way
11. More complex cases passed on to the Home Office to a special dedicated team
12. The Home Office should not refuse PR based on lack of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance *
13. The Home Office to run campaigns to engage EEA nationals and support vulnerable groups though an advice service
14. Offering the above status will create an enormous amount of good-will leaving no choice but for the EU to grant UK citizens in Europe similar rights

* the entitlement to the free NHS to be considered as fulfilling the CSI requirement for EU citizens

This is a very welcome development as it's authoritative and provide real solutions to the Government. Obviously, there are still quite of lot of grey areas which will need to be addressed but this is an important contribution that the Government won't be able to ignore. 

I suggest you read the full report to make your own mind up as you will undoubtedly see a lot of opinions in the media in days to come. We're hosting the report (PDF) at

To mark the publication of the report, we've partnered with 10 leading organisations of British citizens in Europe and we wrote a letter asking Theresa May to stop using us as bargaining chips. We will hand deliver the letter to No.10 Downing Street at 12.30pm today. If you are in Central London, feel free to join us. 

There will be a lot of stories in the media about the report and the letter hand-in so please share widely and tell everyone around you. The 3 million EU citizens are not so silent anymore.

European regards,


Nicolas Hatton
Founding co-chair of the3million, délégué consulaire (Bristol)

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