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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Cabinet Office
Civil Servants: Nationality
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of possible changes required to the Civil Service nationality rules to address the provisions relating to freedom of movement after the UK has left the EU.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 12 December 2017

The Civil Service Nationality Rules are specific to the Civil Service and govern the eligibility of individuals to be employed in the Civil Service on the grounds of their nationality. These rules are distinct from rules governing immigration status, i.e. the right to live/work in the UK, which all employers must comply with.

The Civil Service Nationality Rules reflect a range of legislation, including The Act of Settlement 1700, The Aliens Restriction (Amendment) Act 1919, the Aliens’ Employment Act 1955, The British Nationality Act 1981 and European law. The Cabinet Office is working closely with the Home Office and DExEU to ensure that these rules continue to be operable as broader legislative decisions are made in preparation for the UK leaving the EU.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
EU Grants and Loans: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with the EU institutions about funding for Northern Ireland from the EU Peace Programme (a) before and (b) after the UK leaves the EU.
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Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 13 September 2017

As set out in our position paper on Northern Ireland and Ireland the government wants to work with the EU on how together we can maintain the implementation of the PEACE IV programme. The UK proposes that, without prejudice to the wider discussions on the financial settlement and Structural and Investment Funds, the UK and the EU should agree the continuation of funding for PEACE IV for the duration of the existing programme and, with the Northern Ireland Executive and Irish Government, explore a potential future programme post-2020. The government remains committed to peace and reconciliation programmes and to sustaining cross-border cooperation.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's policy paper entitled The United Kingdom's exit from the European Union: safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU, published on 26 June 2017, whether the application fees for the various status' announced in that policy paper will be set following consultation; and whether EU citizens will be required to pay such fees each time they transition from one status to another status such as from temporary status to settled status.
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Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 11 September 2017

Fees and charges related to the new settlement scheme are being considered as part of the negotiations. As set out in the published joint technical note on citizens’ rights (available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/joint-technical-note-on-the-comparison-of-eu-uk-positions-on-citizens-rights), both the UK and EU position is that documents should be issued free of charge or for a charge not exceeding that imposed on nationals for issuing of similar documents.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 04 September 2017
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 6 of the Government's policy paper entitled The United Kingdom's exit from the European Union: safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU, published on 26 June 2017, whether the criteria for whether a person is a qualifying EU citizen will be set out in primary or secondary legislation.
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Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 11 September 2017

The new settlement scheme will be set out in the UK’s Immigration Rules.

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