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More than 1m Europeans to remain in UK following exit

By Flora Thompson

More than one million Europeans have been given permission to live and work in the UK after Brexit.

The Home Office also said 12,000 applications had been received from people wanting to remain in Northern Ireland.

The Government announced the figure as it published statistics on the settlement scheme which allows EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their relatives to obtain the status they need to remain in the country.

The scheme launched four-and-a-half months ago, with 50,000 people applying in the first weekend alone, according to the department.

Once granted the status, people can live and work in the UK, use the NHS, study and access public funds and benefits as well as travel in and out of the country.

In figures to the end of July there were more than 950,000 applications from England, 50,000 from Scotland, 15,000 from Wales and the 12,000 from here.

The highest number of applications came from Polish, Romanian, Italian and Portuguese people, according to the Home Office.

The published figures said 131,300 applications were received in July with a total of 1,040,600 submitted since the scheme launched.

In July, 146,100 applications were finalised with 56% granted full status and 42% granted pre-settled status, which can be applied to be updated once someone has lived in the country continuously for five years.

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