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1/ @ukcen_admin are right. Settled Status has become law and will be with us whether there is a deal or no deal with the EU. This is good news as their is now a provision for a legal status post Brexit whatever happens. But...…
2/ it will be not settled status as promised. Without a deal you might also call it Settled Status light. Or Settled Status in name only (SSINO). Yes, EU citizens can apply for a status that will allow them to stay, work and access social security (eg. NHS) as before but...
3/ all bilateral elements of Settled Status will fall away without a deal. This includes coordination of pensions, disability allowances and other benefits that are currently coordinated & paid cross border. And...
4/not only does Settled Status under a no deal provide fewer rights but the status is very poorly protected. It is written into the immigration rules as an appendix. As easily & under stealth these rules were introduced yesterday they can also be amended and removed in the future
5/ there will be no parliamentary Act that defines the basic principles that could be challenged in court should this or any future government decide to change the rules. No supervisory body holding the UK Govt to account.
6/ lastly, Settled Status requires application, it is not just given. The legal status of those who have not successfully applied yet after March 2019 in case of no deal is extremely weak. For 3.6m EU citizens the Govt must process 5-6k applications per day for 2 1/2 years.
7/ the status of EU citizens in a no deal Brexit rests solely on EU law to continue in the UK as now covered by the Withdrawal Act 2018 until they have Settled Status. Hoping that ministers do not change any of the regulations for the duration of Settled Status application system
8/ Currently, Settled Status application period is until June 2021. From Brexit day that would mean 27 months of trusting UK Govt(s) not to change any regulations (incl. the rules on Settled Status announced this week) in a way that would change EU citizens' status & rights
9/ the latest rules and the weak protection from the UK Withdrawal Act 2018 can take some of the anxieties but we wouldn't go as far as saying that it reassures EU citizens. But we guess after almost 760 days #inLimbo even something like this could be interpreted as reassuring
10/ Settled Status is far away from what was promised by Vote Leave during the referendum: "EU citizens will automatically be granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK and will be treated no less favourably than they are at present." and even further at no deal scenario /end
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Oct 2, 2018
1/ On @IainDale at @LBC Iain Duncan Smith again called for benefits to be restricted or cut for future EU citizens arriving and working in the UK. Giving the impression that EU citizens in general are a drain on the system. Apart from the MAC report disproving this...
2/... Iain Duncan Smith's £4bn (sounds big) benefit claim needs to be seen in relation. His number is correct, here his sources from his own report
3/... but what he misses is putting this number in relation to the overall benefits spend of the UK which stands at £153bn excluding pensions for the year 2017
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Oct 2, 2018
1/ on @BBCr4today Theresa May confirmed that Freedom of Movement will end on March 30th next year in case of a no deal Brexit. No transition, no implementation period. Plunging 3.6m EU citizens, despite continuing to live legally in the UK, directly into the #HostileEnvironment
3/ last week the Prime Minister promised to protect the #citizensrights of EU citizens no matter what Brexit outcome. Within the #HostileEnvironment this is becoming meaningless though.
4/ without a transition period for Freedom of Movement there will suddenly be 3.6m legal EU citizens - with their #citizensrights protected - unable prove to landlords, banks, the NHS and employers that they have the right to reside and work in the UK
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Oct 1, 2018
1/ "Cabinet ministers have been warned that the introduction of a new migration system [for EU citizens] could cause a '#Windrush-style' crisis." writes @SamCoatesTimes in @thetimes
2/ "[...]cabinet sources have revealed private warnings that the plans to change the rules for EU citizens who come in future could cause chaos." @SamCoatesTimes continues
3/ "Whitehall is trying to work out how to distinguish EU citizens born outside Britain who already live and work here, and are treated the same as UK citizens, from those who arrive after Brexit, who will not be." @SamCoatesTimes can reveal
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Sep 30, 2018
1/ Let's see how many of the 3.6m EU citizens in the UK are going to get 'caught up in it [the #HostileEnvironment]' @10DowningStreet?
2/Private landlords already uncertain about extending rental agreements for EU citizens post March 2019 @@RLA_PEARL research shows…
3/ Employers are already uncertain about hiring EU citizens - this will only worsen during the transition period when many EU citizens will not yet hold Settled Status. And it will be absolute chaos under no-deal Brexit…
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Sep 29, 2018
We need your support
September is almost over and our team has been extremely busy this month fighting for the #citizensrights of the 3.6m EU citizens in the UK.
But we do need your continued support to keep us going. You can help us here
September 1st marked #800DaysInLimbo for the 3.6m EU citizens in the UK & 1.2m @BritishInEurope.
And we started the month by writing a letter to @MichelBarnier & @DominicRaab - telling them that #EnoughIsEnough - asking them to finally commit to #citizensrights by ring fencing the already agreed rights no matter what Brexit outcome
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Sep 27, 2018
@WalthamstowAcad care to comment please. This is unacceptable and all of the claims on here have been disproven by the recent MAC report. This is pure indoctrination of young minds with false stereotypes of immigration and specifically the Polish.
There are about 8k Polish citizens living in Waltham Forest Council. Many of their children will attend @WalthamstowAcad. Have you considered the impact of this poorly drafted error riddled homework on these children & how they might be perceived among their peers in the cohort?
If you'd rather teach your pupils the facts about immigration than further spreading false divisive stereotypes we'd recommend reading our summary of the MAC report on EU immigration
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