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The EU Settlement Scheme: the Rule of Law Implications

The creation of the EU Settlement Scheme, a consequence of the UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union, is said to set 'the tone for the design and values' of the new post-Brexit immigration system.

While much has been written about the substantive legal changes this entails, a new Public Law Project report, authored by Dr Joe Tomlinson, titled 'Quick and Uneasy Justice: An Administrative Justice Analysis of the EU Settlement Scheme' seeks to offer an end-to-end administrative justice analysis of the design, and thus the underpinning values, of the Scheme.

This meeting has been convened to discuss this Report and to debate the Rule of Law implications of the EU settlement scheme.

The key points the report raises are as follows:

• The EU Settlement Scheme represents a new model of administrative justice;

• Automation is at the heart of this model;

• This model will have lasting significance beyond the EU Settlement Scheme;

• The model has different strengths and weaknesses;

• The Scheme represents an acceleration of an existing trend towards quick justice at the expense of important safeguards;

• The likely result of this shift, in the longer-term, is that there will be greater divergence in individual experiences of administrative justice; and

• There is a need to collect robust empirical evidence on the operation of this new model and its effects on vulnerable people.


  • Dominic Grieve QC MP, Chair of APPG on the Rule of Law


  • • Joe Tomlinson , Research Director at the Public Law Project and Lecturer, King's College London
  •  Bijan Hoshi, Public Law Project
  •  Jessica Simor QC, Matrix Chambers
  •  Dr Jennifer Cobbe, Coordinator, Trust & Technology Initiative, University of Cambridge
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