I’ve been in the UK for the most part since 1984 which I gave as entry date because that’s when my National Insurance was issued. I’ve never been out of the country for more than two years. Like many others, I never thought it necessary to apply for anything such as ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain) and the idea of the UK leaving the EU never crossed my mind. I’d heard about the automatic right to Permanent Residency (PR) after five years and thought all you had to do was to live here.
The UK and the EU are on collision course about securing our rights. One point of contention is apparently that EU citizens can now bring non-EU spouses, without minimal income threshold