This is both very disappointing and worrying.

On Monday, in Parliament, the Immigration Bill passed its second reading. The Bill as it stands will remove the legal basis on which all EU citizens base their immigration status on.

404 MPs by either voting for the bill or by not voting at all failed over 2.1 million EU citizen constituents they are meant to represent and protect. Leaving them without a legal immigration status in case of No-Deal, without replacing it with new legislation in case of No-Deal Brexit.

If the Immigration Bill is passed unchanged before Brexit day, under No-Deal Brexit it strips 3.6 million EU citizens of their current immigration status they rely on to live in the UK lawfully.

Leaving EU citizens at the total grace and mercy of the Home Office.

76 Labour MPs, representing over 500 thousand EU citizens living in their constituencies, did not vote at all on Monday. It was their opportunity to stand up against this perilous Immigration Bill, to protect EU citizens in their constituencies against a migration-obsessed Government.


MPs who did not vote and number of EU citizens in their consistuency.

Equally, 297 Tory and DUP MPs, representing over 1.4 million EU citizens in their constituencies, voted for the immigration bill as it stands right now, which risks these EU citizens to be without a legal immigration status and fully at the mercy of the Home Office.


MPs who voted for the bill and number of EU citizens in their consistuency.


MPs who voted for the bill and number of EU citizens in their consistuency.


MPs who voted for the bill and number of EU citizens in their consistuency.


MPs who voted for the bill and number of EU citizens in their consistuency.

Obsessed with ending Freedom of Movement, these Tory and DUP MPs are leaving all EU citizens they are meant to protect potentially without a legal status in the UK in case of a No-Deal Brexit. Open to discrimination from landlords and employers, and at the mercy of the Home Office.

It is not too late to stop the devastating impact of the Immigration Bill as it currently stands. The Bill can still be amended and fail, to do so any decent MP should vote the final bill down.

We are now in a position where the shortcomings of the Immigration Bill can stil be rectified via amendments. We are expecting Labour and any decent MP from the Conservatives and DUP to reject the bill in full and send the Government back to the drawing board.

MPs have the responsibility to protect all their constituents from political arbitrariness. Leaving 3.6 million of them without legal status in case of a No-Deal Brexit and at the mercy of the Home Office just because of an irrational obsession to end Freedom of Movement is not acceptable.🔷



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