Boris Johnson and the Conservatives promised to automatically guarantee the rights of all EU citizens to stay in the UK, but they have broken that promise.
The Government’s “Settled Status” scheme is anything but automatic. EU citizens have to apply by the end of June 2021, or be left effectively undocumented and subject to the Conservatives’ Hostile Environment – at risk of eviction, detention, and even deportation.
Liberal Democrats are fighting to give EU citizens the automatic right to stay in the UK, without the need to apply – and Christine Jardine’s European Citizens’ Rights Bill would have done just that. The leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, pushed through a government motion in the House of Commons that will end any chance of the bill becoming law in this parliamentary session.
As members of the Liberal Democrats living in Europe, we're supporting the rights of EU citizens to continue to live and work in the United Kingdom.