Brexit: EU migrants 'to receive right to remain' in UK in event of no deal
EU Migrants Right to Remain with No Deal Brexit
According to a leaked cabinet note, EU migrants who are living in the UK will have the right to remain in the case of a no- deal Brexit. Ministers are reported to have stated that 3.8 million EU nationals living here will be permitted to remain, unilaterally. This step is also a reflection of the labour shortages and their effect on the economy, which may ensue following exit from the EU.
The leaked note also addresses, and is likely to outline, the continuing access to the NHS and benefit system, regardless of whether the EU reciprocates. The note describes the issue as being one of the most important considerations of a no-deal Brexit.
The leader of the pro-Brexit European Research Group of Tory MPs, Jacob Rees-Mogg, is pleased by the move and believes that EU migrants should have basically the same rights as nationals.
Yet David Jones, the former Brexit minister that this must be reciprocal as there are many UK nationals living in EU countries.
The government has refused to comment on the leak although a government spokesperson said that a priority is to ensure the rights of EU migrants in the UK. The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab, said that whether deal or no deal, the situation of EU migrants living in the UK is a priority.