Thursday 30 May 2019 / 10:43 AM Diane Abbott / Home

EU settlement scheme report and data – Diane Abbott responds

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on today’s Home Affairs select committee report on the EU settlement scheme, said:

“It is extraordinarily complacent for any government minister to congratulate themselves on the operation of the settlement scheme.

“There are millions of EU citizens in the UK, but by the time of the original Brexit date, not only had a mere fraction of them been registered, but the total number of applications that had been received was still in the low hundreds of thousands.

“Ministers should also listen to this cross-party Home Affairs report’s warning that because of the government’s mismanagement of the scheme, there is another Windrush scandal in the making.”

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Notes to editors

 

Today’s Home Affairs select committee report on the EU settlement scheme supports Labour’s amendments to the Immigration Bill, and says that the scheme has been blighted by technical difficulties and that there is another Windrush scandal in the making.

 

Labour has called for a declaratory scheme for EU citizens, which would make sure no EU citizens are left without status if they do not register in time, and so avoid another Windrush:

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2017-2019/0309/amend/immigration_rm_rep_0327.pdf