10 January 2017
* Jean Lambert MEP responds to a letter from Home Office refusing to guarantee rights and status of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens elsewhere in the EU
Brussels/London – Responding to news today of a letter from the Home Office to a group of EU citizens resident in the UK in which the government refused to guarantee their rights on the basis that it would put the UK in a weaker bargaining position during Brexit negotiations, Jean Lambert, Green Party MEP for London said
“I am upset at the government’s continued poor treatment of EU nationals in the UK. These are people, with families, jobs, relationship and friendships in Britain, not bargaining chips. These are people who came to the UK in good faith and who have made vast contributions to our country, economically, socially and culturally, and that we would reduce them to mere pawns is a disgrace.”
Jean, who has met with and continues to work with leading groups working to secure the rights of EU nationals in the UK, including the 3millioncampaign, as well as groups defending the rights of British nationals living in other EU countries, said
“Once again I call on Theresa May to come forward and say citizens of other EU countries living in Britain are welcome and their full rights are guaranteed. The Government should recognise that freedom of movement enriches our societies and benefits our economy and public services and that people’s current rights to live, work, study and travel in Europe should be maintained.”
Jean Lambert MEP recently released a video on how ‘Free movement benefits us all’ about the benefits of free movement and how Greens will be defending migrants’ rights in the post-referendum period.