Leaving the EU: Rights of EU Citizens Debate

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Leaving the EU: Rights of EU Citizens
Sir Edward Davey Excerpts
Monday 05th November 2018

(1 year, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Caroline Nokes Portrait Caroline Nokes - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Nov 2018, 4 p.m.

My right hon. Friend and constituency neighbour makes an important point. At every opportunity, Ministers raise both with the EU and our counterparts in the EU27 the important factor of UK citizens lawfully residing in other EU member states. There is of course huge concern that we have made a generous offer to EU citizens, and let me be clear that we want them to stay here and that we regard them as part of our community. It is time for the EU to step up to the plate and say what it is doing for British citizens.

Sir Edward Davey Portrait Sir Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton) (LD) - Parliament Live - Hansard

How will the Minister tell an EU citizen wanting to come here in the next few years whether and when free movement of labour has finished?

Caroline Nokes Portrait Caroline Nokes - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Nov 2018, 4:01 p.m.

As I have said, the parliamentary timetable for the immigration Bill will be coming forward in the next few weeks. Our White Paper will set out the future skills-based immigration system, as the Prime Minister indicated at the recent Conservative party conference, which will be based on people’s ability and what they can offer to our country, not on where they come from.