Today, changes to the immigration rules were laid before parliament. They introduce appendix EU, which governs the rights of EU nationals in the UK on or before the end of the transition period. This means that both settled and pre-settled status are now law, deal or no deal.
This should reassure all those people who have been wondering what would happen to the forthcoming Settled Status scheme in the event of the UK failing to strike a deal with the EU.
The government has also announced a pilot scheme to test the new application system. It will launch the test phase on 28 August in three Liverpool universities and 12 NHS trusts in the north-west of the country.
The 12 NHS trusts taking part in the trial are: Aintree University hospital; Blackpool teaching hospital; Countess of Chester hospital; East Lancashire hospitals; Lancashire teaching hospitals; Liverpool heart and chest hospitals; Liverpool women’s hospital; Southport and Ormskirk hospital; the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University hospitals; the Walton centre; Warrington and Halton hospitals; and the Wirral University teaching hospital.
The three universities taking part are the Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool.