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Westminster Hall Debate on Protecting the Rights of UK Nationals Living in the EU

On Tuesday 12 September, I participated in a Westminster Hall debate about the rights of UK citizens living in the EU.

My Labour colleague Daniel Zeichner had secured this timely debate, and I raised just one example of the kind of circumstances Bristol West residents have told me their families are facing.

Many people have told me their concerns about the impact Brexit will have on family life and their careers. If you have similar worries, please let me know by completing my latest Brexit survey.

Thangam Debbonaire

I apologise, Mr Streeter; I too cannot stay for the whole debate. A constituent of mine has told me about her son, who is married to a German woman and lives in Germany with her and their two young children. She says that it is all very unsettling. Does my hon. Friend agree that the lack of legal certainty is causing great distress, disrupting family life and interrupting people’s ability to pursue their careers?

Daniel Zeichner (Labour, Cambridge)

I agree. The human cost has been completely underestimated. Whatever the final outcomes, the stress and unhappiness being caused now are real.​

You can watch my intervention in the debate here:

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