On Monday night, just before Parliament was shut down, the Government sneaked out some important changes to the immigration rules, which roll back on promises made to EU citizens. There are serious questions to be asked and we can’t be there to ask them. It underlines why Parliament must be recalled.
The rule changes include a disturbing new power to revoke the settled status of an EU citizen, including cancelling it at the border, which has never been discussed and contradicts promises made by the Prime Minister, as does the Government’s failure to provide a proper right of appeal, on which I have been pressing the Brexit Secretary for months.
The rules will have a significant impact on the lives of 3 million European citizens living in the UK and are likely to shape the rights granted to the 1.2 million Brits in the rest of Europe. They need proper scrutiny before coming into force.
The truth is that we cannot trust a word this Prime Minister says, as I told him last week. That is why it is so important the rights of EU citizens are enshrined in law and that Parliament be allowed to sit so we can have the final say.
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