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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Rights of EU nationals must be respected post-Brexit, Jean tells European Parliament

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2nd March 2017

“We are dealing either with wilful incompetence or targeted administrative efforts to actually delay, restrict or diminish [rights]” said Jean Lambert in a strongly-worded call for the rights of EU nationals rights in the UK to be protected post-Brexit.

Speaking yesterday in the European Parliament, Jean highlighted the huge concern and stress arising from the uncertain and precarious situation EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in other EU countries face as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

“These are people living, working, studying, retiring in other countries, many have caring responsibilities, they are not bargaining chips and it is insulting and demeaning to use them as such.Our government could at least be saying they are valued and should be strongly condemning the rise in racism and xenophobia we are seeing in the UK”

During her speech Jean welcomed the call to government by the House of Lords for proposals to assure the rights of EU nationals within three months. She also called on the European Commission to introduce infringement procedures against the British government for their change in position in recent years on the topic of sickness insurance, which has now been the cause for refusing residency to some EU nationals. “We are dealing either with wilful incompetence or targeted administrative efforts to actually delay, restrict or diminish [rights]”.

Speaking to the European Commissioner Jean concluded by saying “We’d like some certainty please, for our citizens and yours”!

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You can watch Jean’s speech in full here.