MPs are considering putting an end to the right to work and live in the UK for EU nationals. According to the Parliaments Human Rights Committee, new laws could exclude EU citizens, as well as those who have not been indebted with UK taxes for years.
The Home office announced that the EU government is bent on protecting the interest of EU citizens, as well as those who have not owed taxes for a long period of time. According to their spokeswoman, it is their desire that the EU citizens would stay, and if they are asked to leave, their rights would be strongly protected.
Prime Minister Theresa May mentioned that EU nationals living in the UK will not have to leave even if the Britons exit the EU without a formal deal. Their social security rights will not be stripped from them as well.
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There has however been a cry of concern from the Peers and MPs of the Human Right Committee over the subject of Immigration and Coordination of Social Security.
A report has it that even when the Government has clearly pointed out that it is of the opinion that citizens of EU living in the UK will not be deprived of their rights, the pending bill implies same.
The committee has recommended that ministers should make room for EU citizens to feel assured of the fact that they will not cease to enjoy the rights they are currently enjoying.
The committee made it known to the public that it has been pushing forward a new proposal for the amendment of the legislation so that every guarantee and protection currently being enjoyed by the citizens can be added to the new law.
The Chairman of the committee, Harriet Harman further expounded on the issue, noting that the people in question have lived in the UK for several years, some were born here, and most of them have been actively contributing to the national social security system; hence their rights cannot be toyed with.
He added that it was not just enough to promise them a great and secured future by words of the mouth; there should be tangible guarantees to show.
Also discussed was the Settlement Scheme for the citizens of EU, majorly centering on issues like the absence of tangible proof of status and the restricted time interval.
Again, the spokeswoman for the Home Office mentioned that the initial intention for the Settlement Scheme was that it should be very simple and straight to the point and that there had been a nationwide marketing campaign launched by the government to influence more EU citizens to apply.
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