Britain held a referendum on Thu 23 June to decide whether to leave the European Union, a process referred to as “Brexit”. The result of the referendum was in favour of leaving the European Union by 51.9% to 48.1%.
What will happen next?
At this stage what will happen next isn’t currently clear. We may know more after David Cameron has met with EU Leaders today in Brussels to discuss the effects of Brexit.
Currently Britain hasn’t officially requested to leave the EU. The process of leaving will only commence once the British Government invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
Notification of Article 50 can only be made by the Prime Minister of Britain which is currently David Cameron. However Mr Cameron tendered his resignation immediately after the referendum and it is currently looking likely that a new Prime Minister will be appointed by October 2016.
Therefore until notification is sent Britain is still a member of the European Union.
NMC Statement on Brexit
No immediate impact on EU nurses and midwives
Jackie Smith, Chief Executive and Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council 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 either the registration status of EU nurses already on our register, or on the NMC in terms of our role as the UK-wide regulator for nursing and midwifery.”
How will Brexit affect me working in the UK?
Until Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is triggered Britain is still a member of the EU so as it stands nothing has changed for EU citizens living and working in the UK.
If you are Nurse from the EU in the process of registering with the NMC to work within the UK then the NMC’s statement states that there will be no immediate impact and so you should continue with your registration process.
When will Brexit happen?
The process of leaving the EU is scheduled to take 2 years from the date Article 50 is triggered and at the time of writing the UK still hasn’t triggered Article 50. For EU Citizens living and working in the UK therefore will not be any changes for at least 2 years.
How will Brexit affect my job?
EU citizens working in the UK will see no immediate changes to their jobs.
A message from Jane Lewis International
At Jane Lewis International we understand the uncertainty EU Nurses we’ve placed in NHS Trusts in the UK must be experiencing and would like to reiterate that in the immediate term your circumstances will not change.
The ongoing nurse shortage in the UK continues and there remains an acute demand for trained nurses from the UK’s NHS Trusts so we would encourage you to continue to apply for the great nursing jobs.
The NHS requires trained nurses to meet the demands of the UK’s healthcare system and this will not change so if you have a job offer in the UK please continue with the registration and relocation process as we will continue to recruit international nurses from both EU and Non-EU countries.
Indeed we will be on Portugal next month and India in October.
To apply for a Nursing job in the UK or for more information about Brexit and how it might affect you please call +44 1244 404080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org