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Kicking the can down the road will not prevent Windrush-style scandal for EU citizens

September 7, 2019 8:30 AM
Originally published by Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats

Christine Jardine (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)Responding to reports the Government is planning to announce a 3-year temporary leave to remain for EU citizens, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Christine Jardine said "The Liberal Democrats have long been warning that Brexit will create another Windrush-style scandal for EU citizens. Kicking the can three years down the road will not prevent it."

Christine added "Instead of taking away the rights of the 3.6 million EU citizens in the UK at the end of 2020, the Conservatives now want to take away their rights at the end of 2023. That's hardly much better. This plan will only cause huge confusion and uncertainty. How will employers - or even the Home Office - be able to tell who was here before the end of 2020 and who moved here afterwards? That's why EU citizens are so worried. If Boris Johnson really cared about keeping his promise to EU citizens in the UK, he would pass the legislation the Liberal Democrats have put forward to guarantee their rights permanently in law."