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30 January 2019

MPs voted yesterday on several proposed amendments to Theresa May's Brexit agreement. The outcomes were:

  • Blackford amendment: to rule out no deal & extend Article 50 - rejected by 327 votes to 39
  • Brady amendment: Irish backstop to be replaced with "alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border" - passed by 317 votes to 301
  • Cooper amendment: to prevent a no-deal Brexit in March by giving MPs the power to request an extension to Article 50 - rejected by 321 votes to 298
  • Corbyn amendment: to rule out no deal & discuss options - rejected by 327 notes to 296
  • Grieve amendment: to allow 6 days for MPs to discuss alternatives to Mrs May's plan - rejected by 321 votes to 301
  • Reeves amendment: to ask the EU to postpone exit day - rejected by 322 votes to 290
  • Spelman amendment: to prevent a "no-deal" Brexit by adding to the PM's motion that Parliament "rejects the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship" - passed by 318 votes to 310

This article from Eversheds Sutherland discusses what the two approved amendments mean.

30 January 2019

An 'EU exit awareness' evening, hosted by The Central and Eastern European Network of British Embassies, the UK Home Office and UK Department for Exiting the EU, is taking place for nationals of Central and Eastern European countries in Leeds on Tuesday 12 February, 5.30-8pm, at Leeds City Museum. Book a place on Eventbrite.

22 January 2019

Following the failure of Mr Corbin's vote of no confidence in the UK Government, Theresa May yesterday announced that the EU settlement scheme fee (£65 for adults and £32.50 for children) would be scrapped.  Further information is yet to be announced, but we understand that:

  • applications made on or after 30 March 2019 will be free of charge, and
  • anyone "who has, or will, apply during the pilot phase" will have their fee reimbursed.

The University's reimbursement scheme remains open to employees pending further information from the Home Office.

16 January 2019

MPs last night took part in the so-called 'meaningful vote' on Theresa May's plan for the UK's exit from the EU, and voted to reject the deal by 230 votes - the largest defeat for a sitting government in history. As a consequence, Labour leader Jeremy Corbin tabled a vote of 'no confidence' in the UK Government, which is expected to be held this evening.

Whilst the next steps are not wholly clear, Mrs May has suggested cross party talks with other UK political parties to find a way forward, reiterating that it is still her plan to deliver Brexit.

16 January 2019

The Home Office has announced details of the next test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme:

From 21 January, the next pilot phase of the EU Settlement Scheme will go live.

Building on the testing already undertaken in the higher education sector, this phase will be open to all EU citizens living in the UK who have a valid biometric passport. It will also be open to non-EU family members who have a valid biometric residence card.

Applicants will be able to access the application form direct on GOV.UK (please note, this is currently closed and will only open once the next phase of testing begins).

By applying during this test phase, applicants will continue to provide valuable insight into how the system is performing so that further improvements can be made before the scheme is fully rolled out by 30 March 2019.

Who can apply

The next phase of testing means that students and family members are able to apply provided they have either a biometric passport or biometric residence card. EEA and Swiss nationals are not eligible to apply during the pilot but will be able to once the scheme is fully live by 30 March 2019. Irish citizens do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme but they can if they want to.


For any questions about an application made during the pilot, contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre by calling 0300 123 7379 (inside the UK) or +44 (0) 203 080 0010 (outside the UK). Find out about call charges at You can also ask a question using the online submissions form.

For more information about the EU Settlement Scheme visit GOV.UK.

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