The Constitutional Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) decided at its sitting today to send to the first reading the Bill regulating the conditions for residing in Estonia after Brexit for the citizens of the United Kingdom and their family members.
Chairman of the Constitutional Committee Marko Pomerants said that the fate of the Brexit deal should become clear in the Parliament of the United Kingdom tomorrow. “If the United Kingdom decides to leave the European Union, the Riigikogu is ready to pass the Act that regulates the conditions for residing in Estonia for the British nationals and their families. This will be done both in the case of exit with a deal and in the case of no-deal Brexit. In the case the Brits decide to remain in the EU after all, the Bill will not be passed. However, it is important to be ready for all scenarios so that the British living here could maintain certainty about their future,” Pomerants explained.
The purpose of the Bill is to ensure that if the UK decides to leave the EU, the legal status of the British nationals living in Estonia would still be regulated. With the Bill, the scope of regulation of the Citizen of European Union Act is extended to the citizens of the United Kingdom who are living in Estonia at the end of the transitional period provided in the withdrawal agreement. The citizens of the UK arriving in Estonia after April 2021 will fall within the scope of regulation of the Aliens Act. The Bill will exclude the UK citizens from the immigration quota established by the Aliens Act.
Minister of the Interior Katri Raik, and Head of the Department Ruth Annus and Adviser Harry Kattai from the Citizenship and Migration Policy Department of the Ministry of the Interior participated in the sitting of the Committee.
The Constitutional Committee decided to send the Bill on Amendments to the Citizen of the European Union Act and Other Acts (Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union) (781 SE), initiated by the Government) to the first reading at the plenary sitting of the Riigikogu on 23 January.
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