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FILE PHOTO: Britain’s House Secretary Sajid Javid is noticed outdoors Downing Street, as uncertainty more than Brexit continues, in London, Britain May possibly 14, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) – Much more than 750,000 European Union citizens have applied to stay living in Britain just after it leaves the bloc, interior minister Sajid Javid mentioned on Thursday.

The concern of what would occur to the far more than three million EU nationals living in Britain was 1 of the initial to be tackled in divorce talks with the bloc. Britain has mentioned EU citizens have till at least Dec. 31, 2020 to apply for “settled status” irrespective of whether or not an exit deal with the EU is authorized.

Britain is at the moment due to leave on Oct. 31, but Prime Minister Theresa May possibly is stepping down just after failing to get her exit deal authorized by parliament and these vying to replace her are divided more than irrespective of whether to seek alterations to that deal.

“EU citizens are our buddies, neighbors and colleagues who contribute so a lot to this nation. What ever the outcome of Brexit we want them to keep,” Javid mentioned in a statement, adding that the scheme had so far noticed 750,000 applications.

Figures released by his division showed a total of 621,400 persons had applied by the finish of April, with 389,900 of these received in the initial month just after the scheme was launched totally on March 30 and the rest submitted throughout a test phase which started in August final year.

Below the EU Settlement Scheme, EU citizens who have lived constantly in Britain for 5 years can be granted settled status, providing them the similar rights to operate, study and access rewards and solutions as they at the moment do.

Polish nationals accounted for the most significant group, with 103,200 possessing applied so far, followed by 89,900 Romanians and 70,800 Italians, the government mentioned.

A total of 445,000 applications have been concluded, with a third of these provided settled status. The rest had been provided “pre-settled” status, and can apply for settled status when they hit the 5-year mark.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan editing by Kate Holton

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