Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman has urged the Immigration Minister to engage with European embassies to help EU nationals access the information they need about their status in the UK after Brexit.
In the Commons, Matt highlighted that around a third of his constituents in Boston have come from EU countries over recent years and that they should “take heart from the settled status scheme, but they do deserve clarity as soon as possible.” He asked the Minister to “work with [EU] embassies to get information to them as quickly as possible from [Government] sources, and crucially in their own languages?”
Responding to Matt, Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes MP confirmed that she has already met with a number of ambassadors from Central and Eastern European countries “impressing upon them the importance of communicating with the diaspora populations”. She also welcomed that many EU citizens she has met in recent months, especially those working in agriculture, had already received information from their Embassy about the EU Settlement Scheme, and are confident about how to go through the process.
Commenting afterwards, Matt said,
“I know that some of my constituents who are originally from EU countries, many of whom have lived locally for a long time, have raised concerns about their status after Brexit. I want them to have information about their options as soon as possible, so I was pleased to receive assurances from the Minister that she has urged embassies to assist their nationals currently living in the UK with details of how they can apply for settled status here after we leave the EU. If anybody has concerns about how they can apply for settled status once the scheme opens next year, they are always welcome to get in touch.”
- Matt’s question and the Minister’s answer can be watched via the following link: https://goo.gl/FHJQzf
- Information about the EU Settlement Scheme can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families