UK government refuses to offer guarantees to EU citizens
Immigration minister says it’s ‘unwise’ to tell EU nationals they can stay in UK before Brexit negotiations.
By CYNTHIA KROET 7/4/16, 8:00 PM CET Updated 7/4/16, 8:05 PM CET
British immigration minister James Brokenshire told the House of Commons Monday that the government cannot make any promises about the future of EU citizens in the U.K.
It would be “unwise” to tell them they can stay before the U.K. has negotiated with other EU countries about the rights of British nationals living elsewhere in Europe.
Brokenshire added that if the government made a promise now, that could trigger more migrants to come to the EU.
He also said that “EU nationals continue to be welcome here in the meantime.”
“EU nationals can have our full reassurance that their right to enter, work and study in the U.K. remains unchanged.”
He said that decisions about their long-term future will be something that the new prime minister will have to decide upon, because it “raises a number of complex issues” and it is in the government’s interest to “get the best possible outcome for EU citizens that are here.”
MPs from both sides of the political divide, speaking in response to an urgent question raised by Labour MP Gisela Stuart, told parliament that it is the duty of the government to provide EU nationals with clarity.
The debate came after Home Secretary Theresa May, who is in the race to become the next Conservative party leader, on Sunday said that the position of EU nationals remains unclear.
“We are still a member of the EU – there is no change in their position currently. But of course as part of the negotiation we will need to look at this question of people who are here in the U.K. from the EU,” May told ITV.
“I want to ensure that we are able to not just guarantee the positions of those people but guarantee the positions of British citizens in other member states.”
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UK government refuses to offer guarantees to EU citizens / Andrea Leadsom: EU citizens can stay in UK
Andrea Leadsom: EU citizens can stay in UK
Energy minister said UK should leave EU ‘with urgency.’
By VINCE CHADWICK 7/4/16, 12:17 PM CET Updated 7/4/16, 2:15 PM CET
U.K. Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom officially launched her bid for the leadership of the Conservative Party and British prime minister Monday, including by “guaranteeing the rights of our EU friends who’ve already come here to live and work.”
“We must give them certainty,” she said at a press conference in Westminster. “There is no way they will be bargaining chips in our negotiations.”
She also pledged that “freedom of movement will end and the British parliament will decide how many people enter our country each year to live, work and contribute to our national life,” while flagging a possible “transitional arrangement” for those arriving between now and when the U.K. formally leaves the bloc.
Leadsom was elected as an MP for South Northamptonshire in 2010 after 25 years in banking and finance, and was given the energy and climate change portfolio in May last year.
EU referendum didn’t cause divisions in British society, she said “but it certainly did reveal them.”
“Many people are shocked at the result, but they really shouldn’t be.”
Addressing those concerned by the Brexit vote, she said: “Please, don’t be afraid, we haven’t lost our senses. We haven’t stopped caring about each other, we haven’t stopped loving our families and our children, we haven’t stopped loving our country either. We’ve just rediscovered our freedom.”
Leadsom, who campaigned to Leave at the June 23 referendum, also addressed concerns, reported in the Mail on Sunday, about her support three years ago for the U.K. remaining in the EU.
She said her argument then was that “the status quo is not an option” and “we could only remain a part of [the EU] if it fundamentally reformed” — which she says didn’t happen.
She argued there was no need to have another general election.
Asked when she would trigger Article 50 which would start the U.K.’s formal negotiations to leave the EU she said “I’m not putting deadlines on it” but that it should be done “with urgency” because “we need to give businesses certainty as soon as we can.”