Legal Minute: Brexit and immigration during the pandemic

Doctors, nurses and paramedics will automatically have their visas extended, free of charge, for one year. The extension will apply to around 2,800 migrant doctors, nurses and paramedics, employed by the NHS whose visa is due to expire before 1 October. From Gov.UK.

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An elderly woman with lung cancer has been told by the Home Office she must return to Ukraine despite a ban on all air traffic to the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, her lawyer has said. From Independent.

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Campaigners fear that EU citizens who have made their homes in the UK are at risk of becoming illegal as the government diverts resources to fight coronavirus. From The Guardian.

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Two thirds of Britons want Boris Johnson to delay post-Brexit trade talks so he can focus on coronavirus, a poll suggests. The PM has repeatedly insisted that the deadline will not be extended, and it has been enshrined in law as part of the Withdrawal Act.  From Daily Mail.

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The largest group in the European parliament has urged the UK government to do the “responsible thing” and extend the Brexit transition period, as coronavirus plays havoc with the timetable for an EU-UK deal. From The Guardian.

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With EU migrants prevented from travelling, UK agriculture gets a preview of a post-Brexit world. From Emerging Europe.

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High-skilled migrant workers have been left stranded between jobs with no income after the Home Office closed all of its fingerprint processing services overnight because of the coronavirus outbreak. From iNews.

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