EU citizens need their right to stay guaranteed
By Tom Brake
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
With every announcement, the government is making clear that they intend to leave the EU without a deal on 31st October - and EU citizens are going to be left in the lurch.
Over the weekend, the government announced that they intend to end Freedom of Movement on October 31st - despite promises from Theresa May's government that there would be a two-year transition period.
At the moment, there are 3 million EU citizens living in the UK, and 2 million have not yet got Settled Status.
Door-knocking yesterday I met a charming elderly woman.- Tom Brake MP 🔶 (@thomasbrake) August 17, 2019
She was a German national who's lived here for decades. She had no idea she needed to register for settled status.
Probably tens of thousands in the same situation.
What a slap in the face #Brexit is for ppl like her.
Service providers, landlords and employers will become responsible for distinguishing between EU citizens who do and do not have Settled Status.
If they don't have Settled Status, employers could be fined for giving a job to an EU citizen.
If they don't have Settled Status, landlords could be fined for renting a home to EU citizens.
If they don't have Settled Status, EU citizens, many of whom work in our NHS, could be charged for accessing healthcare.
"Both the Leave campaign and the Conservative Government promised that their rights would not change after Brexit, but this policy would deprive more than 2 million of their right to NHS care, free at the point of use." @EdwardJDavey https://t.co/3n9EZLRk05- Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) August 14, 2019
This is the UK's hostile environment policy in action.
The government isn't kicking out every EU citizen from the UK come October 31st - but they might as well be.
Many EU citizens have lived in the UK for decades, paid their taxes, contributed to their local communities, and made the UK their home.
Nobody should question their right to stay in the UK.
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