Friday, 3 February 2017

The Guardian: As a Tory MP, I urge Theresa May to guarantee the status of EU nationals

The Guardian: As a Tory MP, I urge Theresa May to guarantee the status of EU nationals

by Stephen Crabb MP


"So there is a big opportunity for the government to outline an approach to future immigration policy that provides some certainty to business, and which protects our national interests. But it should also serve as a demonstration of our values: openness, tolerance and fairness.

A good place to start would be the status of the 3 million EU migrants living in the UK, whose lives will be affected by Brexit. The prime minister has rightly spoken of the need for a quick resolution on this matter, but we can and should go further in providing a firm guarantee of their status ahead of talks.

By recognising their value to our economy and society, and the sheer inhumanity and impracticality of ever thinking that these families and individuals could be required to leave the place they call home, we can take the issue off the table altogether. Now, that would be a powerful and positive statement of our Brexit values."

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