LEGAL MINUTE: Brexit, royalty crisis and immigration

Know how non-citizens get a visa

Many EU workers appear to be holding back from submitting applications because they wrongly believe they will be rejected because they earn less than £30,000. From Independent.

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Meghan Markle’s decision to move to Canada could affect her application to obtain British citizenship under Home Office rules. From Daily Mail.

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A royal aide released a statement saying there was no change to the duchess’ application at this time, and that she still intends to become a UK citizen. From Business Insider.

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Immigration rules are “overly complex and unworkable” according to the Law Commission, which recommends simplifying them in order to save the government £70m over the next decade. The regulations have quadrupled in length since 2010 and are “comprehensively criticised for being poorly drafted”, says the body, which advises ministers on updating the law. From The Guardian.

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Will Boris Johnson stick to his promise not to extend the transition period, and what are the consequences of that for the kind of deal that can be done? Will he abide by his pledge not to align the UK with EU rules and standards, and what are the consequences for the UK economy? Will the EU continue to insist on that level playing field we keep hearing about, and what are the consequences of that for the prime minister’s Brexit plans? From Independent.

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Brexit supporters have been given permission for a party in London’s Parliament Square at the moment the UK leaves the EU on 31 January. The event, being organised by Leave Means Leave, is due to take place between 21:00 and 23:15 GMT. The UK will leave the EU at 23:00 GMT, 47 years after it joined the then European Economic Community in 1973. From BBC.

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There will be border checks on trade inside the UK under the Brexit deal negotiated by Boris Johnson, the EU’s chief negotiator has said. Michel Barnier confirmed there would be “checks and controls” between Britain and Northern Ireland under the agreement that will govern the UK’s exit from the EU. From Independent.

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