I am a citizen of one of the "remaining" 27 EU countries and I run a company in the UK. Would it

  • make sense
  • be possible on that basis

to apply for UK work and residence permit now?

Right now, I am not a UK resident and I understand that one major reason for the UK wanting to leave the EU is to give up freedom of movement of people.

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    I don't see that there's any way we can answer this. If you've not needed to be resident in the UK so far, Brexit is unlikely to change that. If you have other reasons for wanting to be UK resident, go ahead. Mar 18, 2019 at 10:45
  • Is your concern from a personal point of view (eg possible restrictions to the amount of time/visits to the UK after Brexit), or from a business perspective?
    – Traveller
    Mar 18, 2019 at 11:33
  • @Traveller I think it is some kind of mixed motivation after all. Actually, I assume I will still be able to be the director of a UK company after Brexit and I assume they will not necessarily limit my rights to enter the UK for actually conducting business. But still today you are kind of 2nd class citizen if you run a UK company but you're not a UK resident. I think this might get worse in the longer run ...
    – TorstenS
    Mar 18, 2019 at 12:42
  • @Torsten There is some information here gov.uk/guidance/visiting-the-uk-after-brexit You may need to be more careful about the frequency/length of visits in time once free movement ends
    – Traveller
    Mar 18, 2019 at 12:53
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    Because at the moment you can move there under freedom of movement rules and be eligible for the "settled status" that will preserve free-movement rights after the end of free movement in the UK. If you move to the UK after the end of free movement in the UK, you will have to do so under the immigration rules (i.e., those that currently apply to third-country nationals), which is more difficult and more expensive. The date on which free movement will end depends of course on the date and terms of the UK's departure from the EU, which are (very) indeterminate right now.
    – phoog
    Mar 18, 2019 at 14:33


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