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Mayor calls on PM to give right to remain in UK for EU nationals
- Sadiq Khan wants cast-iron guarantee given as soon as Article 50 triggered
- New film highlights enormous contribution of EU nationals in capital
- “You are Londoners, you are welcome here” – Mayor
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called on the Prime Minister to give an immediate cast-iron guarantee to EU nationals that they can stay in the UK after Brexit.
Sadiq wants the unilateral pledge, protecting the 3.3million EU citizens who currently live in Britain, to be given as soon as Theresa May triggers Article 50, formally starting the Brexit process.
Around one million of them are in London. The Mayor said: “My message to them is clear: you are Londoners, you are welcome here and you deserve a commitment from the Government that you can stay.”
Earlier this month, the House of Lords passed an amendment to the Article 50 Bill to give all EU citizens who currently live in the UK the right to stay here after Brexit. This was rejected by MPs on Monday night and the Article 50 Bill passed into law unchanged.
Mrs May is now expected formally to trigger Article 50 before the end of March.
Sadiq Khan believes it is crucial that the Government protects the EU citizens living in the UK and that there is broad support for guaranteeing their long term status.
He argues that this needs to be done immediately and that it is unacceptable that people who have made their lives here and contributed to our city and our country are now worried about their long-term future.
The Mayor wants the Home Office to set up a separate simple and comprehensive process for all EU nationals legally in the UK to apply for permanent residence.
He believes the current system is not fit for purpose – a view shared by the Select Committee on Exiting the EU who discussed the impact of Brexit with the Mayor earlier this week.
The Mayor’s call to confirm the status of EU nationals coincides with the release of a new film telling the stories and sharing the experiences of the people behind the statistic of around one million EU citizens living in London.
The film can be accessed at: https://youtu.be/1jLm4QSOVww