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long2019 | 23:23 Fri 17th Jan 2020 | Body & Soul
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MY PAL WHO IS IRISH
50 YRS IN UK
HE WANTS TO KNOW IF HE SHOULD APPLY FOR SETTLED STASTUS
THANKU

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He can if he wishes but he doesn't have to.

Get him to read this.

https://www.freemovement.org.uk/how-will-brexit-affect-irish-citizens/
Quite a few will say there is nothing to worry about "We love the Irish", anyone of Irish nationality can stay, work, etc. to heart's content forever. Others will quote own experience of having Indefinite Leave to Stay, a Home Office letter to that effect and a stamp in the passport to the same effect but still being told it has "expired, on yer bike". Today No.10 said there will be no automatic expulsions of EU nationals, settled status or not, implying that some/many/all may be allowed to remain (against the will of 17 million people, democracy, etc., just like the upcoming border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain). There will inevitably be those who will advise your friend not to believe a word of what the establishment says because they make it up as they go along since they basically are all at sea.
from the site given
"The UK government’s policy is that Brexit will not affect Irish citizens at all. "

more technically the repeal of the common market rules means that you go back to what was before and - - - - the irish have/had freedom of travel

I am not sure where Karls we love the irish crap comes from - the freedom dates from the 1922 Treaty. whilst de valera and michael collins were creating chaos and freedom (saorstat and so on) civil servants from both sides hammered out a very sensible policy that was good for both sides. That included an undefended border and freedom of travel

it is a great pity this is not happening on Brexit

remember that the population of the republic ( let us just say Ireland) is less than it was in 1840. this is due to migration - first stop england
In the sixties, 60% of the men 16-45 left (the republic) (1960s that is)
Mamyalynne's advice looks good. I would overlook Karl's advice since from all his postings he seems to have absolutely no respect or trust for the UK government and its institutions and presumably left these shores some time ago for a better life elsewhere
I'd say yes to be on the safe side, better to have the documentation then rely on all future administrations honouring a politicians promise.
PP, you are correct, the British do not love the Irish. FF, wrong.

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