Murray – Government’s EU citizens plan is encouraging but does not go far enough

Commenting on the publication of the Government’s plan on the rights of EU nationals living in the UK, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“I welcome the greater detail provided by the Government today, and their willingness to resolve the legal limbo EU nationals in our country are currently suffering. However, it would have been much better if they had sought to end this uncertainty immediately after the EU referendum, rather than waiting a year.

“There remain some ambiguities in the Government’s plan, for example on the five-year cut-off period, family split-ups, and on which courts will protect the rights of EU citizens. These issues must be resolved as a matter of urgency, and the Government should approach negotiations with the EU on this topic in a constructive and generous spirit, rather than suggesting in any way that EU nationals are being used as bargaining chips. 

“Most of all, we must ensure that Britain remains an open and tolerant country, both for EU citizens already living here and to new arrivals who will continue to be needed by our businesses and public services long into the future.” 

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Notes to editors:

Open Britain’s Background Briefing on the Government’s plan for the rights of EU nationals is here: http://openbrita.in/73Fygc