Brexit transition period will be smooth for Poles

Poles living in the UK will be cushioned from any sudden change in their status while details are thrashed out on a final agreement with the EU, PolandIN’s business correspondent said in an interview for the channel.

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The UK’s agreement to leave the EU on a negotiated deal on 31 January means Poles will still be able to use their ID cards when they go to the UK, at least until the end of December 2020. “They can avoid queues, and border guard questions, however, if they use biometric passport gates”, according to David Kennedy, PolandIn’s Business correspondent.

EU citizens living in the UK will be able to apply for settled status if they can prove they have spent at least six months out of each 12 months in the last five years. So far an estimated 2.8 million people have registered, including 500,000 Poles. However, it is thought that as many as 400,000 are still to register.

This is down first of all to IT difficulties with the online registration system. The first version was not compatible with Apple phones until October 2019, despite the company having around 50 percent of the UK market, according to David Kennedy. But registrations have been picking up. Residents now have until June 2021 to apply. Not registering will lead to difficulties in finding work or accommodation

Poles also reportedly held off registering immediately “out of a feeling of resentment,” he added, at having to apply and possibly be rejected. Many of the recent emigre community have resided there for upwards of a decade after Poland’s accession to the EU in 2004 allowed them the right to work in the UK

.Click here to watch the full interview.