by Richard Greenwood on 21 May, 2020
The Liberal Democrats are calling for EU citizens to be given the automatic right to stay in the UK, as new official figures show 11,050 EU nationals living in Milton Keynes have not been granted permanent Settled Status to remain in the UK.
Pointing to the contribution of EU nationals working in the NHS during the Covid-19 crisis, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine urged the Government to “show its own support for the people’s heroes by extending the right to remain to all EU and foreign nationals, many of whom are fighting for our lives.”
Of the 24,050 EU nationals across Milton Keynes who have applied for permanent residency, only 12,790 have been granted settled status.
2,340 EU nationals living in Milton Keynes have applied to the Home Office scheme but are still waiting for a final decision to be made. Another 8,710 have been given only temporary Pre-Settled Status, meaning they will have to reapply within five years or be forced to leave the UK.
Although the Home Office has announced a one-year visa extension
s for certain health and care staff, the Liberal Democrats have secured cross-party support for their campaign to give all health and social care workers on the frontline of this crisis indefinite leave to remain.
Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:
“The coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented threat. NHS staff, social care workers and other health professionals are putting themselves in harm’s way each and every day to keep us safe.
“The Government has a chance to show its own support for the people’s heroes by extending the right to remain to all EU and foreign nationals, many of whom are fighting for our lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Aisha Mir, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson for Milton Keynes added:
“Too many EU nationals in Milton Keynes are deeply anxious about their right to stay. With the uncertainty of Brexit, it’s disgraceful to leave them in legal limbo like this.
“Families and children must not be made to live under a cloud of uncertainty any longer. The Liberal Democrats will continue to stand up for EU citizens by fighting to guarantee their rights to live and work in the UK.”Leave a comment