Citizens' rights: What are the two sides’ opening positions and how do they disagree?

Author: Ruvi Ziegler


The Institute for Government has published a table comparing the EU Commission and the UK Government's proposed frameworks for protecting the status and rights of non-UK EU citizens post-Brexit.

The table, available here, reveals the inferior protection offered by the UK's draft, particularly in relation to the (undisclosed) cut-off date; to rights of family members; to limits on freedom of movement entailed by the limitations of 'settled' status; and, crucially, in terms of legal enforcement (namely, the UK government's rejection of any ECJ jurisdiction). 


Ruvi Ziegler

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Ruvi Ziegler

Dr Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler is Associate Professor in International Refugee Law at the University of Reading School of Law, where he is a member of the Global Law at Reading (GLAR) research group (specialising in human rights, international humanitarian law and international refugee law).

He is Editor-in-Chief, Working Paper Series, Refugee Law Initiative (Institute for Advance Legal Study, University of London). He is a Research Associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, and an Academic visitor at its Faculty of Law. He is also a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute (analysing the treatment of African asylum seekers in Israel as part of the Constitutional Principles project).

Previously, he was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School (affiliated with its Immigration and Refugee Clinic and with the Human Rights Program) annd a Tutor in Public International Law at the University of Oxford. He holds DPhil, MPhil, and BCL degrees from the University of Oxford; LLM with specialisation in Public Law from Hebrew University; and a joint LLB and BA from the University of Haifa.

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Ruvi Ziegler

About the Author

Ruvi Ziegler

Dr Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler is Associate Professor in International Refugee Law at the University of Reading School of Law, where he is a member of the Global Law at Reading (GLAR) research group (specialising in human rights, international humanitarian law and international refugee law).

He is Editor-in-Chief, Working Paper Series, Refugee Law Initiative (Institute for Advance Legal Study, University of London). He is a Research Associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, and an Academic visitor at its Faculty of Law. He is also a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute (analysing the treatment of African asylum seekers in Israel as part of the Constitutional Principles project).

Previously, he was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School (affiliated with its Immigration and Refugee Clinic and with the Human Rights Program) annd a Tutor in Public International Law at the University of Oxford. He holds DPhil, MPhil, and BCL degrees from the University of Oxford; LLM with specialisation in Public Law from Hebrew University; and a joint LLB and BA from the University of Haifa.

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