The distrust of Europeans living in the United Kingdom in the British Public Administration increased after Brexit, according to a study published by the Independent Monitoring Authority (IMA) on Wednesday (12.05.2021), a body set up to monitor that the government Protects the rights.
The report was released 51 days after the end of the “grace period” for Europeans, who were in British territory before Brexit, to receive a temporary residence permit (30 June) from 3,000 citizens of 27 countries in the European Union. The responses are based on (European Union), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The IMA’s executive director, Catherine Chamberlain, told a virtual meeting with the media that the survey aimed to “make Europeans aware of their rights after Brexit, as well as to” put them on the map “. Exiting the EU A public institution born as part of the agreement of.
The results of this study indicate that the majority of Europeans do not behave discriminatory in the UK, although the lack of trust in British public officials is a “latent” feeling among participants.
Chamberlain warned against the fact that the data “may not be completely representative” as those motivated to fill the survey are even more confident of staying in the UK.
Half of the people surveyed are aware of their rights as European citizens and 10 percent are considering leaving the island after 30 June, the report indicates.
“second class citizens”
In addition, he showed his concern about becoming a “second-class citizen”, adding that his rights had not been maintained in the long-term. 25 percent say they “do not treat the British equally”.
In recent weeks, various cases of European citizens, including Spanish, who have tried to use British soil since the application of Brexit, have been apprised and detained in immigration expulsion centers.
Regarding the issue, Chamberlain has heard of some cases of “minor problems on customs”, but not of “direct complaints”.
In the same vein, he commented that the IMA would try to investigate this problem “in the future”, as well as demand the British government data on EU citizens placed in the EU, because of the seriousness of relations with the EU As of January 1, not yet unpublished.
Chamberlain encouraged these cases to offer solutions to the IMA with as much detail and data as possible, although he pointed out that it was never “an alternative to official channels.”
Well, as a public body, the authority does not act in personal matters, but only to fully address the problems of Europeans, and then inform the British authorities.