the3million fact-checked Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s claims about EU citizens’ rights after Brexit to EU27 Governments.
The rights of Portuguese Citizens living in the UK is enshrined in law. That is what the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva in a meeting in Brussels.
This is NOT true and it is worth examing this in details to understand how the British Government misleads the EU27 Governments.
Jeremy Hunt claimed that “the British Parliament has already approved the law that enshrines the rights of European citizens living in the United Kingdom on 29 March this year, in accordance with the terms agreed and set out in the exit agreement.”
One simple look at the UK Government webpage reveals that Settled Status has actually not been legislated yet:
“[...] is still subject to approval by Parliament.”
And that is not what the UK Government plans in a no-deal Brexit: Shortened application period and reduced family reunion rights are just two areas they want to change.
Nothing has been agreed by Parliament. The opposite is happening. The British Government is pushing through the Immigration Bill that will remove our citizen’s rights without providing a status until the 3.6 million EU citizens have successfully applied for Settled Status in case of no-deal.
EU27 Governments should question everything UK officials tell them regarding the citizen’s rights of their citizens in the UK. Not everything mirrors reality.
Yes, Number 10, we are reading foreign press. In the same way that EU27 Governments read the British press.
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(This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article, with the author’s consent, with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.)