What is Brexit?
On Thursday 23 June 2016 the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum – also known as the EU referendum and the Brexit referendum – occurred to decide if the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union.
The referendum resulted in an overall vote to leave the European Union by 51.9% to 48.1%.
What happens now?
At the moment details of what will happen next are very unclear. Leaders of Europe’s governments will join together in Brussels this week (28 and 29 June) at the EU Summit to discuss the implications of Brexit.
It is believed that any changes that will arise from UK’s exist will come into play two years from the date of the notification of Article 50.
Article 50 in the Lisbon Treaty means that formal notice must be given to the European Council should a member state decide to withdraw. This notification must come from the UK’s Prime Minister, however David Cameron resigned from his role as Prime Minister on Friday 24 June 2016 after the referendum’s results were revealed.
As long as the notification has not been sent, UK is still a European Union member. It is expected that a new UK Prime Minister will be appointed by October 2016.
It is believed that there will be no informal discussions between the UK and the EU in advance of the Article 50 official announcement.
Your Questions about Brexit
Jackie Smith, chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), said: “We will be working closely with the Government and other partners to understand the implications of the UK’s negotiated withdrawal from the European Union on our work.
“However, there will be no immediate impact on the NMC in terms of our role as the UK-wide regulator for nursing and midwifery.”
Will Brexit affect my entry to the UK?
The UK is still a European Union Member State until Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has formally been triggered.
This means that if you are an EU citizen living in the UK nothing will immediately change for you.
If you are in the process of becoming a NMC registered nurse, the statement above suggests that your circumstances will not change and that you should proceed with your plans to relocate to the UK.
How long before Brexit will come into effect?
Changes will come into effect 2 years to the date after the notification of Article 50. Therefore, nothing will change for EU citizens living and working in the UK for at least 2 years.
What does Brexit mean for my job?
EU healthcare professionals working within the UK will not experience any immediate role changes.
Do EU nurses in the UK have to leave?
No, UK is still a European Member State until Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has been triggered.
Kate Cowhig International Healthcare Recruitment (KCR) understand that this is a worrying time for the hundreds of EU nurses that we have placed throughout the UK over the last number or weeks, months, and years.
Over the last number of years NHS Trusts have proactively sought to recruit nurses from EU countries to fill vacancies during the ongoing national nursing staff shortage. There is still an ongoing demand for Staff Nurses for NHS Hospitals so please keep applying for these excellent opportunities. The NHS healthcare system need nurses from the EU otherwise the NHS Healthcare system will crumble so please don’t worry. If you have a job offer in the UK please continue the process of moving from your home country to the UK.
We will continue to recruit EU and Non EU candidates for nursing roles in the UK.
Click here for a full list of current UK nurse vacancies or email your CV to info@KCRjobs.com.
Remember the NHS Healthcare system need you!
We will aim to keep placed nurses and potential candidates up to date as Brexit information emerges.