the3million on Boris Johnson’s pledge to protect the rights of EU citizens with a law in Parliament.

Boris Johnson, 14 June 2019. / BBC Radio 4 - The World at One

We appreciate Boris Johnson’s concern over EU citizens’ rights during the BBC Radio 4’s World at One interview he gave yesterday. He made a similar pledge during the referendum campaign in 2016.

In 2016, Boris Johnson pledged the following to EU citizens in case of Brexit:

1) no change;

2) automatic status;

3) treated no less favourably than at present.

Vote Leave, 2016.

Mr Johnson can only deliver on the “no change” pledge:

a) through Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement; or

b) by ring-fencing the citizens’ rights with the European Union in case of a no-deal Brexit.

An unilateral (UK-only) solution will not deliver on “no change”, as all cross border agreements would fall away. From social security aggregation to family reunion rights.

A UK-only solution would also be disastrous for the British citizens living in the EU27, who would have to rely on 27 differing and diverging unilateral solutions in the EU27 member states.

Regarding an ‘automatic status’, the second part of Boris Johnson’s 2016 pledge to EU citizens, is not currently being delivered by the Home Office’s Settled Status scheme.

For an ‘automatic status’ for EU citizens to become reality the legal status of all EU citizens must be written into primary law now and the Settled Status scheme must be changed into a Registration-only scheme.

On the EU citizens being “treated no less favourably than at present”, not only the new immigration status must be written into law now but the EU citizens’ access to the NHS, social security and pensions at current eligibility must also be cemented into primary legislation now.

We assume that Mr Johnson is an honourable person who wishes to deliver on his 2016 referendum pledges when he has the opportunity to do so. We are happy to discuss matters in more detail with Mr Johnson, or his team.🔷


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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.]

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