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Yvette Cooper @YvetteCooperMP
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So after yesterday’s confusion at @CommonsHomeAffs over Govt No Deal immigration plans here’s a thread on what I think we gleaned (and yes I know it’s full of contradictions & I assume some bits are wrong but afraid I don’t know which bits)…
1. Govt says in the event of No Deal, UK will still respect rights of EU citizens living here now & the same settled status scheme will apply as if there was a deal
2. Govt says in the event of No Deal, there will be no change in the checks on EU citizens at the border, and EU citizens will be able to travel into the UK same as now. People won’t need visas.
3. Also, Govt says EU citizens won’t go in the same border/passport queues as non-EU citizens. Little bit fuzzy on whether they will stay in same queues as UK citizens or have their own queue, but they will use the same e-gates
4. In the event of No Deal, Gov says EU citizens who are existing residents in UK still retain all their rights to work and newly arriving citizens will be able to work if they have signed up for mandatory registration
5. Also in the event of No Deal, Govt says free movement will “be turned off at that point”
6. Also in the event of No Deal, Govt says newly arriving EU citizens will be treated in the same way as non-EU citizens. As soon as possible.
7. In the event of No Deal, Gov says employers will have to check whether an EU citizen is entitled to work
8. But Govt also says most existing residents won’t be signed up to the settled status scheme by March 2019. It’s not even properly open yet.
9. And Govt accepts that as a result employers won’t be able to tell the difference between someone who has lived here for years (and is entitled but not yet signed up to settled status) and someone who has arrived after March 2019
10. But in the event of No Deal Govt says employers will still have a responsibility to check. But it’s not clear what or how.
11. In a late “clarification” last night Home Office added that employers would only have to check EU citizens passports (not clear how that fits with points above)
12. Some of this might be cleared up by the Immigration White Paper which might or might not be published before any deal is agreed (or not agreed). That’s the Immigration White Paper that was originally supposed to be published fifteen months ago.
13. And some of this might be cleared up in an Immigration Bill which Govt admits probably won’t be through Parliament before March 2019
14. Hence the face.
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