The UK has voted...Leave

Alert Date: June 24, 2016

The votes have now been counted and the UK population has voted with a 51.9% majority for the UK to Leave the European Union (EU).

We are following the developments closely, but as it stands there will be no immediate changes to the immigration rules regarding EU nationals currently living and residing in the UK, nor for those UK nationals currently living and residing in the EU.

The process for the government to give effect to the electorate’s decision will now be triggered and will involve the ratification of the referendum result by Parliament, which will make the decision law. Following this, notice under the Treaty of Lisbon will then need to be given to the European Council and the two year notice period will begin.

There are likely to be wider policy changes in the coming months across several different areas and we will provide further updates in due course. 

If you are working in the UK or have employees working in the UK, please check out the two documents below for important information. 

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Janet L. Bomza

Partner, National Practice Leader - Immigration

Tel: +1 416 598 8849

Larry J. Linton

Partner, Canadian Immigration

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Melodie Molina

Partner, Canadian Immigration

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Mark C. Dey

Partner, US Immigration

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Monika Szabo

Partner, US Immigration

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Nadine Landry

Partner, Canadian Immigration

Tel: +1 514 205 5151

Sheila Snyder

Partner, US Immigration

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