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The issue arises when teenagers turn 18. One mother said; 'It's getting beyond a joke'.
Brexit and the end of free movement between the UK and the EU has had notable consequences for family life, particularly for mixed British-European families whether they are living in the UK or Europe.
Families with one partner from the United Kingdom and another one from the European countries have revealed they haven’t yet adjusted to new changes coming as a result of Brexit, which marked the UK officially leaving the EU back in 2020.
Brexit is not done for many British-European families, even two and a half years after the UK left the European Union.
Sian Norris reports on how delays to family permits for spouses, parents and children of EU nationals and British citizens in the UK are causing families untold emotional distress.
“For many they may mean lost job opportunities, missing out on rental properties, being refused loans/or mortgages,” EU citizens campaign group In Limbo said.
There is no longer certainty that EU countries will respect and recognise proceedings heard in England and Wales.
Thousands of British citizens may be waiting for family permits to be able to move to the UK, but the Home Office reportedly rejected freedom of information requests and parliamentary questions on data from the former Brexit select committee chair, Hilary Benn.
“Are they going to break our family apart?"
Carol and Lahsen Karmoud have been in relationship since 2016, and married in 2019, but have faced two years of issues to be able to live in the UK - and fear time may be running out.
A family’s dream of a new life in Scotland has been put on hold as they wait for a visa caused by Brexit red tape.
A family’s dream of a new life in Scotland has been ripped apart by Brexit visa red tape.
At the beginning of 2021 the law changed concerning how international couples divorce.
"To be honest, it’s very hard on my son. We tried to make light of it, just saying we are going on vacation, but he misses his father," one British mother whilst being forced apart by Brexit from her French husband.
Partners and spouses are being kept apart by Home Office delays in processing revised versions of entry permits to Britain.
The scheme offers EU nationals the opportunity to apply for settled or pre-settled status in the UK. / However, access to this support varies between holders of EU settled status and of pre-settled status. Questions are being asked of the European Commission whether the UK is complying with its obligations.
After the referendum, life carried on as normal but nothing was the same.
The In Limbo Project gathers and shares the heart-rending stories of people caught up in the Brexit crossfire. Here is one of their most recent testimonies, reproduced by kind permission. It epitomises the senseless, casual cruelty that is just one of Brexit’s toxic legacies.
One of the trickier aspects of EU free movement law is “retained” rights of residence for family members if the relationship with their EEA citizen sponsor ends.
Home Office rejects Italian girl’s EU settlement application after granting status to parents and brother.
Torture survivors and lone children stuck in Greece and Italy after Home Office ‘deliberately’ ends cooperation on family reunions. / “Before Brexit, there was a clear process for children to join their families in the UK, but since then the government has failed to communicate effectively with European authorities,” said Bethany Gardiner-Smith.
UK law enforcement can no longer immediately access real-time data about persons and objects of interest, including wanted and missing persons.
Plans to deny automatic right to asylum to refugees arriving in UK via unauthorised routes spark alarm.
Juliet Guthrie in Germany and Patricia Law in Italy reveal how sending gifts and staying connected with family members is more challenging than ever before
"The only winners if we remove legal routes to safety for refugee children trying to reach family here are the criminals and the traffickers," says Lord Dubs.