While appearing on an LBC Radio show with Iain Dale, the Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to confirm whether or not EU citizens will be allowed to remain in the United Kingdom in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
The prospect of leaving the European Union without a deal in place seems to be becoming more and more likely with negotiations hitting stumbling block after stumbling block, and naturally this is causing concern for the many citizens of the other 27 EU member states who are currently living and working over here.
At the same time, it has to be said that the same concerns would apply to every British citizens who is elsewhere in the European Union.
In reality, it would have been better to hear Mrs May give a more definitive answer when a caller called Nina said:
“I’m extremely worried about my future. My question is, in case of a no-deal scenario, will the proposal of ‘settled status’ be withdrawn, and will EU citizens end up losing their rights and be deported?”
According to a report about the interview on Business Insider, May replied:
“We want you to stay. That’s the basic message, we want to make sure you can stay in the UK.”
“What I’m going to say to Nina is that we will look at the arrangements that we would put in place in relation to ‘no-deal.’ We’re doing that at the moment – government across the board is doing work on that.
“We have teams of people working on every possible outcome. You would expect the Government to prepare… because we don’t know what’s going to happen.
“We’re working really hard to get a really good deal. We don’t know what’s going to happen and at the end of that if there is no deal, then we have to be prepared for it.”
This brief exchange highlights a frustration that a lot of observers currently have when it comes to the whole Brexit process.
All people want is a clear and defined pathway to Brexit when it hopefully happens in March 2019, but all that seems to be coming out of both camps at the moment is a great deal of uncertainty.
The ideal scenario is that a balanced solution is achieved where those who are contributing to society in which they choose to live can continue doing so – we fail to see how this could be classed as ‘having one’s cake and eating it when it would be a reciprocal arrangement.
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