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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Implementing and monitoring the provisions on citizens’ rights in the Withdrawal Agreement (B9-0031/2020)

  Antony Hook (Renew). – Madam President, three million people from the EU 27 are part of our community in the UK. They include many of our teachers, nurses, doctors and farm, care and construction workers. They are our friends and neighbours. They are some of our spouses or parents of British people. I am appalled by the bureaucratic and threatening way in which the UK Government is choosing to treat European citizens. It deeply offends British peoples’ sense of fair play.

What kind of government makes people who have lived somewhere for years, contributing to society under laws that said they always could, now ask for permission to stay? What kind of government asks them to produce documents they do not have, and gets so many applications wrong that 90% of appeals succeed, and then refuses to give them a document to prove their status? It’s the government of Boris Johnson, in power on a minority vote and leading us from four years of stagnation into disaster.


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