Brexit is a personal concern for EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living
in the EU. They fear their rights will become bargaining chips in the negotiations.
This article makes an inventory of what would happen without withdrawal agreement,
and looks at the possibilities for securing residence and social security rights post
Brexit based on current EU, international and national law. It takes into account
how actors other than the negotiating parties might press for guarantees outside the
negotiating framework. The article concludes that personal concerns are justified.
However, Brexit also inspires non-state actors to secure rights and their activities
go beyond the occasional lobbying for a particular outcome in the negotiation process.