I am an EU citizen with a non-EU spouse, currently expecting a long-term job offer from the UK. Therefore I am quite concerned about the potential effects of Brexit on us (especially my spouse).
The situation became somewhat more clear in the past days after the news about a UK-EU deal on citizens rights, see e.g.
However, the articles about this topic also raise several questions.
Anyone who arrives before Brexit day will have the right to stay.
The latest deal also includes reunification rights for relatives who do not live in the UK, to join them in the future.
But then there seem to be contradictory statements in the same article:
Nicolas Hatton, chairman of the3million, a campaign group representing EU citizens living in the UK, expressed concerns about the deal.
He said: "Our rights should not have an expiry date. More worryingly, there is still no clarity around the registration criteria for these rights. There are a huge number of people still in the dark about whether they will qualify or not. Hundreds and thousands of them might get a letter that they have to go" he added.
While it still doesn't seem to be a given that this deal will be honoured, I do not understand the concerns of Hatton. My reading of the article was that if I and my non-EU spouse were to move to the UK in 2018 (we are not currently there), both of us would be guaranteed the right to stay even after Brexit, in the same manner as we could go there today. (I am aware that there are limitations even under the current EU rules, such as sufficient income to support a non-EU spouse.)
Hatton contradicts this with his claim that many people still do not know if they will qualify.
Given that our expected rights and visa situation after Brexit is a significant factor in my accepting or declining this offer, I am looking for clarifications on the above.