Many European citizens in my constituency are worried they will find it difficult to live here after Brexit, even in cases when they have been here for many years.
The EU Settlement Scheme is supposed to make it straightforward for EU citizens to continue their lives here, but many people are understandably concerned they may not be able to produce the necessary documents. For example, people who have lived here for the required period may not have ever worked or claimed benefits, raising questions about how they will be assessed.
Today I challenged Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes to give more detail on these criteria.
I was pleased to hear that the system will be flexible, and allow a range of evidence in the assessment. The Minister was also right to raise the real possibility that constituents may lack documentation if their utility bills are in a partner’s name.
While reassuring, this is not the end of the story. Negotiations with the EU are still ongoing, so nothing is certain. I will continue to hold the Government to account on this issue, preventing families being torn apart as we leave the EU.