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This morning @antoni_UK got a chance to ask @BorisJohnson a question that all of us EU citizens ask ourselves often: whether he regrets that, during the #EUref, he lured people into a false sense of certainty re: the rights of EU citizens. Johnson’s answer is shocking. 1/
But let’s first consider where that false sense of certainty came from. It primarily relates to Vote Leave’s commitment, signed by @BorisJohnson and others, on 1 June 2016. Settled status — the status all EU citizens now have to apply for — is nothing like this. 2/
❌ It’s not automatic.
❌ It’s an application.
❌ It takes rights away from us.
❌ Applications can be rejected.
❌ If unsuccessful deportation is a possibility.
❌ If successful it gives us special ID numbers on a special register only for EU citizens for special checks. 3/
So for @BorisJohnson to simply say he doesn’t “agree” with @antoni_UK ... doesn’t see that there is a difference, and claims all will be fine ... Well, Mr Johnson: the facts are crystal clear and they tell a very different story. 4/
Those facts include your own voting record on protecting the rights of us EU citizens. What made you vote for protecting them as a one-off right after the #EUref, to them consistently vote against the protection of our rights @BorisJohnson? 5/
In any case the points @BorisJohnson made in his reply are simply wrong. That’s it. As we know from an FOI request about #SettledStatus, the Home Office does plan to use it for immigration control, so there can be no doubt anymore that the aim is to control who of us can stay. 6/
So yes @BorisJohnson: you did lure people into a false sense of certainty about what would happen to their EU citizen neighbours, colleagues, friends and family. You also did that to us directly. Your answer simply isn’t good enough and in no way acceptable. Own your Brexit. 7/
So I second the concerns and questions @antoni_UK set out in his letter to you following the show this morning. 8/8
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