HELEN HAYES MP GIVEN ASSURANCES OVER EUROPEANS RIGHTS TO REMAIN
Dulwich and West Norwood MP Helen Hayes has been given assurances over the right of Europeans to remain in this country during questions in the House of Commons.
She said: “Every week since 23 June, I have met EU nationals who live in my constituency. “They are part of our community, many are working in vital roles in our NHS and public services, and they are deeply distressed by the uncertainty that this process is causing them and their families.
“Will the Secretary of State unilaterally confirm their right to live in the UK and to continue playing their vital role in our communities?”
Responding, David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, said:
“May I say two things to the hon. Lady? “It is a serious issue and I accept that she takes it seriously, as we all do.
“As I said last time—I hope this gets promulgated—the majority of European nationals already have the right indefinitely to remain because of the time they have been here, or if they have been here for two and a half years, they will certainly have that before we leave.
“More to the point of what she said, we discussed the matter with the Poles and several other European countries, and they accept in terms—indeed, the Polish Prime Minister said it in public two days ago—that this has to be dealt with at the same time as British citizens abroad because they, too, will feel a nervousness and we must not leave them hanging.”