On Monday, Stephen supported a lobby of Parliament organised by the3million.org.uk, UNISON and New Europeans in support of EU citizens right to stay in the country after Brexit. 

Since the referendum, UK citizens living in Europe have been following the situation of EU citizens in the UK and are concerned that their existing acquired rights were not guaranteed by the Government as soon as the results of the referendum were announced.

Like UK citizens living in Europe, EU citizens in the UK have come and settled in another EU country in good faith on the basis of their EU citizenship rights.  They have acquired rights that cannot be withdrawn retrospectively and the guarantee of their rights should be given before the Brexit negotiations because this is the right and fair thing to do.

Speaking about the campaign: “I signed a pledge to call on Theresa May to guarantee unilaterally the rights of EU citizens living in the UK. MPs from six different parties signed this pledge, representing the widespread concern of parliamentarians of this issue.

"I believe workers from across Europe play a vital role in our public services, especially in the NHS and social care. There are currently around 55,000 EU nationals working in the NHS and 84,000 working in social care in England alone. These services would not be able to survive without these people. 

"Some of these people are long existing residents of the UK, they and their families deserve better than years of uncertainty and being reduced to bargaining chips in the upcoming negotiations.”

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AuthorStephen Timms