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the3million @The3Million
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1/ This is truly shocking. @carolinenokes at Home Affairs committee saying that it will be UK Govt policy to plunge 3.6m EU citizens straight into the #HostileEnvironment in case of no deal Brexit. Creating 2 indistinguishable classes of EU citizens with different sets of rights
2/ @YvetteCooperMP's face says it all. Utter disbelief that the UK Govt's plan is to create two indistinguishable classes of EU citizens with two different sets of rights in case of no deal Brexit which will automatically lead to discrimination from employers.
3/ @YvetteCooperMP quite clearly not believing what she just heard asks again. And again @carolinenokes confirms her intention to create an environment that will lead to discrimination against the 3.6m EU citizens who will have no documentation to prove their status at that point
4/ it is not like @carolinenokes not understanding that ending freedom of movement on March 29th, 2019 in case of no deal will not lead to discrimination. To her it is just a challenge to Govt and employers though.
5/ This might be a 'challenge' for the Home Office but for EU citizens this is not just a challenge but affecting their lives. Until they successfully apply for Settled Status employers & landlords will not 'touch them with a barge pole' as @Stuart_McDonald points out
6/ @KateGreenSU further challenging that EU citizens will have no documentation during the Settled Status application period until they have successfully applied. Asking what evidence employers can accept. @carolinenokes has no answer.
7/ @KateGreenSU asking how many employers/industry bodies have raised this issue of potential lack of documentation for EU citizens with the @carolinenokes. Apparently none. that is very hard to believe, especially after #Windrush.
8/ In summary, the UK Govt's policy for no-deal Brexit on EU citizens is to stop Freedom of Movement on March 29th, 2019. Immediately creating 2 classes of EU citizens with 2 different sets of rights. Indistinguishable to employers, landlords, health service & banks.
9/ The Govt's plan effectively is to plunge 3.6m EU citizens who legally live in work in the UK into the #HostileEnvironment as they will have no prove of their status until they successfully applied for Settled Status. This is a recipe for disaster.
10/ The level of discrimination driven by this Govt policy will dwarf that seen with the #WindrushGeneration. Something seen as a 'challenge' for the Govt by @carolinenokes, but something that has the potential to destroy the livelihoods of thousands of EU citizens. /end
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