According to a British government minister any EU citizen who has been refused the right to remain in the UK should leave the country and if they do not they will be forcibly removed. EU nationals who have been refused status and who remain will be in the UK illegally.
The UK has granted 5.4 million EU citizens the right to stay in the country but as of 31st August 2021 there are believed to be approximately 400,000 applications still pending an outcome.
Immigration Minister Kevin Foster says that those with ‘reasonable grounds’ for missing the deadline to apply to stay in the UK are still able to apply. There are built-in safeguards to protect those who have not yet applied but who may still be eligible which means everybody will be able to get the status they deserve.
The UK however, is struggling to fill gaps in the labour market, especially in the trucking and food sectors, which has led to shortages of food in the supermarkets. The British government has confirmed that is is considering relaxing the visa rules for truck drivers.
Kevin Foster, however, denies the link between shortages and immigration, saying: “We do not accept the points based system is the key cause of labour shortages in the UK, not least as we can see similar scarcities across the EU especially in hospitality and HGV drivers”.