The leaked EU report will worry British expats
The document reportedly said: “The fact that it appears to be particularly difficult for foreign nationals, even if married to UK nationals or born in the UK, to acquire permanent residence status or British nationality may colour member states’ approach to this matter.”
In response to the document Corbyn said “the human cost of a Tory-style Brexit. Families, jobs and homes are all in the balance.”
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has reacted to the leaked document
They are playing political games with people’s lives
He added: “There must be an end to this Hunger Games approach to Brexit negotiations, which gives no consideration to EU nationals in our country or British nationals living abroad.
“They are playing political games with people’s lives.”
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The internal document drawn up by the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee is said to confirm the worries about an EU backlash, according to the Guardian.
Theresa May has refused to offer any commitment to EU nationals living in the Uk leading to nearly 50 per cent applying for permanent residency since the Brexit vote.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron claimed it was a bad way to get a good deal from the EU
Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader said: “This issue could have been settled from the start if the government had done the right thing and made clear EU citizens who have made the UK their home can remain indefinitely.
“Instead, millions of people on both sides of the channel are being left in limbo and faced with agonising uncertainty over their futures. Antagonising our European partners is no way to get a good deal for Britain and for the many UK citizens living in EU countries.”
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EU nationals claim that to obtain permanent residency they have to complete an 85-page form including P60s for five years, historical utility bills and a diary of all the occasions they have left the country since settling in the UK.
Sophie Veld, a Dutch MEP, leading a European parliament taskforce said: “We are receiving so many emails every day from people in the UK and elsewhere worried about the future that we cannot answer them individually.
“This is immoral. And if this leaked document is right, then it has backfired.”
Theresa May has said her offer to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK has been snubbed by “one or two” European leaders.
Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas claims it is deeply worrying for expats
Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green party, said: “It’s deeply worrying that British nationals living abroad face being on the receiving end of a backlash against our government.
“The simple fact is that Theresa May should have already given an unequivocal guarantee to EU nationals living here in Britain – giving them certainty of their right to remain.”