Letter for members who hold passports from the EU/EEA

Dear colleagues,
Being an EU citizen myself and working with others in my area, I am aware that the UK’s vote to leave the EU has created uncertainties for nationals of the European Economic Area as to what their status is and how they will be affected in the medium and long term.
It may be worth your while applying for a document certifying permanent residence under EEA regulations (which will apply at least for the next couple of years). An application form can be found here: where you can also find guidance notes. Which sections you need to fill in depends on your circumstances. I, for example, can apply on the basis that I am married to a British citizen and a colleague I spoke to should be able to do so because her children are British citizens. You can however also apply on the basis of having been resident for five years. The way I understand the information here: means that having permanent residence is also in effect a prerequisite for applying for UK citizenship (unless you are applying on the basis of being married to, or a civil partner of, a British citizen).
Whether you can have dual nationality depends, as far as I can tell, on the laws of the state of which you are a citizen and it is worth checking what the situation is. Germany did not use to allow dual citizenship but this was changed in 2007; Germans can have dual citizenship if the other country is part of the EU. I am not sure what this means when UK finally leaves the EU and whether I would be forced at this point to make a choice. I will therefore at this point apply for permanent residence only and see what happens over the next few years. I will also delay my application for permanent residence at the moment and would like to explain why. Some of you may recall that last year or the year before, people had to wait inordinate amounts of time to receive their passports because the passport office could not cope with the demand. I expect a similar scenario now when large numbers of people will try and create more certainty in their circumstances. In my case, my wife and I would have to hand over our passports as part of the application process and she at least would in effect not be able to travel abroad until such time as the Home Office returns her passport. (I also have an identity card which is sufficient for travel in the EU.)
The application seems to be tougher for people who do not have family ties in the EU and at any rate, those who do are also protected under Art. 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights which still applies in this country (even if Theresa May has made noises on a number of occasions that she wants to take the UK out of it). If you are applying on the basis that you have lived and worked in the UK for the last five years, the main hurdle may be filling in the section which asks you to list all the days over the last five years which you have spent outside of the UK (which has to amount to less than 450 overall and to less than 90 in the last year). I am aware that people find this difficult (I would as well) but as there is no immediate rush, you can start a list and add to it. It may require some creative thinking about evidence but most of us nowadays take pictures (and if you have set the time and date on the camera, the pictures will tell you when you were away) and as being abroad usually also involves spending money (travel tickets but also spending where you are), you should be able to piece together when you were abroad over a period of time.
I have been thinking about setting up a Facebook or LinkedIn group so that we can discuss these matters and share information; if you have any suggestions please let me know.
Best wishes,