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In this awareness, we look at the measures taken in Part 3 of the MSA on citizens` rights and some of the issues they raise. The Authority and the European Commission inform each year of the joint committee established by the withdrawal agreement of the measures taken to implement and enforce the rights of citizens within the framework of the agreement. This information should include, among other things, the number and nature of complaints dealt with, as well as any follow-up of legal action taken. The withdrawal agreement gives citizens the security they need with regard to their rights after the UK has left the EU. It protects the rights of EU citizens in the UK, BRITISH EU nationals and family members who legally reside until the end of the transitional period on 31 December 2020. It ensures that they continue to live, work, study and have access to services such as health care, as they do today. The Government continues to advocate for the proper and timely implementation of the citizens` rights part of the UK and continues to work with EU Member States to ensure that they apply the same procedure for British nationals. We also have similar agreements with the EEA-EFTA states and Switzerland. These are reflected in article 11 of the Act, which confers the power to adopt regulations (including the powers of Heinrich VIII) granting a right of appeal against certain “citizens` decisions on immigration”.

In the UK, EU citizens and their family members with pre-established status under the EU settlement system have obtained their rights under UK law. The EU resolution programme is a success and, as of 30 September 2020, more than 4 million applications have been received, of which nearly 3.8 million have already been granted. The government has adopted measures at an early stage to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK and there is still sufficient time to apply before the 30 June 2021 deadline. A scheme for the authorisation of border workers will also be put in place, the opening date of which is expected to be announced shortly. To benefit from these rights, citizens may have to apply for a new resident status, depending on whether each country has decided to opt for a so-called constituent or declaratory system. The government continues to work with the EU on clear and consistent communications and full support for vulnerable people. We speak directly to UK EU citizens through our network of embassies, high commissions and consulates at town hall and online events to ensure that all UK nationals and their family members are informed of all actions they need to take in the Member State where they have found their home. Our “Living in Guides” on covering EU and EFTA Member States are the main guidelines for UK nationals in the EU, including their rights under the Withdrawal Agreement and the EEA-EFTA Separation Agreement.