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Portuguese failures in UK residency status risk Risk of hostile environment

Portuguese failures in UK residency status risk Risk of hostile environment

The Portuguese embassy in London on Tuesday warned Cristina Bookerinho that the Portuguese, who missed the June 30 deadline to apply for post-Brexit British citizenship, were at risk of “hostile environment”.

“We call on those who are eligible and those who have not yet applied for residency status to do so as soon as possible as the country is in a state of disarray on July 1 and is likely to be subject to hostile circumstances.”, Said Bookerinho at the start of a clarification session on social networking site Facebook.

The deadline for EU citizens to register is June 30 [EU Settlement Scheme] Opened under the UK’s expulsion from the European Union, allowing Europeans to retain the right to live, work or study in British territory.

An “hostile environment”, the diplomat explained, meant losing access to public health services, social grants and other forms of support or public services.

“All non-British Portuguese residing in the United Kingdom and wishing to continue living here in the United Kingdom at the same time must obtain or at least apply for citizenship by June 30.”, Warned Christina Bookerinho.