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Brexit: MEPs concerned over reported UK registration plans for EU27 citizens

17/08/2018
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Joint statement by the Brexit Steering Group on reports that the UK Home Office is considering processing applications for "settled status" by EU citizens on an alphabetical basis.

“The European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group (BSG) is deeply concerned by reports that the UK Home Office is considering processing applications for "settled status" by EU citizens on an alphabetical basis.”

"We believe such an approach would be complicated, arbitrary and could create unnecessary confusion and uncertainty for millions of EU citizens already living in limbo. Those at the end of the alphabet may not get their status confirmed until the end of 2020 or later, which would be intolerable and contrary to the spirit of the assurances we have previously received."

"We repeat our belief that the U.K.'s registration scheme must be simple, fair, user-friendly, free and provide certainty for EU citizens."

Background

In their resolutions, MEPs have repeatedly stressed the importance of securing equal and fair treatment for EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in the EU. Parliament as a whole will have the final say on the outcome of negotiations when it votes to approve or reject the withdrawal deal, to be finalised in the autumn.

 
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European Parliament resolutions

European Parliament resolution of 14 March 2018 on the framework of the future EU-UK relationship
European Parliament resolution of 13 December 2017 on the state of play of negotiations with the United Kingdom
European Parliament resolution of 3 October 2017 on the state of play of negotiations with the United Kingdom
European Parliament resolution of 5 April 2017 on negotiations with the United Kingdom following its notification that it intends to withdraw from the European Union