During the EU referendum, Vote Leave repeatedly promised that Brexit would see no change for citizens of EU countries already living in Britain. Boris Johnson even said: “There will be no change for EU citizens already lawfully resident in the UK. These EU citizens will automatically be granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK and will be treated no less favourably than they are at present.”
But since the referendum, the government have shamefully failed to keep this promise. They won’t guarantee that EU citizens – our friends, neighbours, partners and workmates – will be allowed to stay in Britain and enjoy equal treatment to UK citizens.
It’s just wrong. This is about peoples’ human rights. Human beings are not bargaining chips in some negotiating game – they are people.
That’s why we are campaigning for the government to keep their promises and commit to allowing EU citizens already here to remain resident in the UK – unconditionally.