I really don’t get what all the fuss about this and the other similar stories are on about. It is very simple. I will use her case as the example.
She has the right to stay in the UK as the wife of a UK national. Nothing has changed.
She cannot support herself at this present moment as an individual and therefore does not have the right to remain in the UK under her own right. Nothing has changed
No law is any different now than it was before the Brexit vote.
We have lived in france for two and a half years. We have the right to be here as we work and pay taxes under the French system as nationals of an EU member country. Nothing has changed.
If my brother decides to come here and not work nor be able to support himself, he will not have the right to remain. Nothing has changed.
The situation is being caused by people who have decided, rather than wait for the agreement that will come that will allow UK nationals in the EU to remain and EU nationals in the UK to remain, to jump the gun and try to obtain citizenship when they don’t qualify.
If I apply now for French citizenship after only two and a half years it will be refused. Not because the French don’t like the British or because of Brexit, but because we don’t have the right to citizenship under the present law.
Who knows what will happen, but if the news is to be believed, we may find out pretty soon.
To me it has always been the case that an agreement would be reached for the simple fact, how on earth can the UK re-patriate and process 4 million people with the amount of admin that would be required, and similarly for the EU countries who would have their nationals returning. We might have an extra bureaucratic hoop to jump through, particularly knowing the French governments love of it, but I suspect that will be all.
Also, there are many non-EU nationals living in Europe. So why would British citizens be any different after Brexit, than say Canadians, Australians or Argentinians? The British were able to move to and live in France before the EU. It might be easier now but that is the only difference.
People who want to move here after Brexit from the UK may well have other restrictions placed on them but none of that affects the original point of this reply.