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Lib Dems table bill to give Europeans the right to stay in the UK

July 6, 2016 11:45 PM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tom Brake has tabled a bill that would give European citizens residing in the UK the right to stay in the country if we leave the European Union.

The move follows Tim Farron's demands that the government offer assurances that those Europeans who have made their roots in the UK would not have to leave in the event of Brexit.

The government has failed to do so, and alarmingly Theresa May and James Brokenshire, the Immigration Minister, have said that the issue should form part of future negotiations.

The Bill will be debated next Tuesday.

Tom Brake

Tom Brake MP has tabled a bill that would give European citizens residing in the UK the right to stay in the country

Commenting Tom Brake said:

"Theresa May and the government's position on this is indefensible. We must offer assurances to those Europeans who have made the UK their home that their future is here. The Tories are ignoring the fact we are talking about people's lives.

"These people are working, paying taxes and raising families in the UK. It is inconceivable they should be forced to leave if Britain does leave the EU.

"I have tabled this Bill as the Government has done the opposite of offering these people peace of mind - they are playing games with people's lives and I will not stand by while they continue to whip up uncertainty."

ENDS

Notes to Editor

The text of the Ten Minute Rule Bill is:

EU Citizens Resident in the United Kingdom (Right to Stay)

That leave be given to bring in a bill to grant EU citizens the right to stay resident in the UK following the UK's withdrawal from membership of the European Union; and for connected purposes.