I moved to the UK 20 years ago when I was a 14-year-old child. I settled here - studied, worked, started my own business, had kids and so on.
Because of the EU membership, I was guaranteed equal treatment with nationals in access to employment, working conditions and all other social and tax advantages.
Now, because of Brexit, I have been told that in order to stay I need to apply for settled status. Isn’t this discrimination since nationals do not have to apply? Isn’t the UK Government breaking the law?
I am very worried and distressed at the idea of having my name and personal details in such register. With this scheme, is the UK Government responsible for the harm and distress caused to the individual health and mental wellbeing?
Is there any ground for challenging this scheme legality in court?
Would there a breach of my human rights if I was not to apply for settle status and then subsequentially got deported (taken away from my children, home, business, etc.)? How about if I was refused, re-entry or access to public services (NHS for example)?
Edit - clarification
Some suggested I naturalise but I don't want to because I don't feel the UK is my homeland and I don't share some British values (for a start, I am not a royalist so I would have a problem with the registration oath...). Also, there is a considerable cost associated to this process.
Edit - ask for clarification
Some suggested that
discrimination is in general legal unless it is based on some characteristic which is specifically forbidden as a basis for discrimination (e.g. race)
Article 14 of ECHR prohibits discrimination based on:
"sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status"
Would you not consider EU Citizens residing in a foreign country of other national or social origin or even just of other status?
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that European Union member states cannot consider the nationals of other member states to be aliens
Doesn't the settled status scheme contravene this, while the UK is still part of the EU?