Top Brexit MP Gisela Stuart says EU nationals in UK 'left in limbo'

Posted On: 
16th August 2016

EU citizens living in the UK have been “left in limbo” by the vote for Brexit, a leading MP who campaigned to quit the bloc has said as she launches a review into their rights.

Vote Leave co-chair and Labour MP Gisela Stuart
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Labour's Gisela Stuart, who co-chaired the Vote Leave campaign, urged the Government to make clear that EU nationals will have the right to remain in Britain.

She will lead a research project looking into how their rights will be protected once the UK breaks off ties with Brussels.

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The Government has come under increasing pressure to confirm the rights of EU nationals in the UK, but has so far refused to do so.

Ministers have said it would not be right to hand over rights without reciprocal agreements from member states about UK citizens in their countries.

MPs from across the political divide have accused the Government of using EU nationals living in the UK as “bargaining chips”.

Ms Stuart's cross party inquiry, for centre-left think tank British Future, will consider the type of legal status that could be granted to EU nationals after Brexit, as well as what health and welfare rights they should have.

"There is wide agreement, among the public, politicians and business, that EU citizens are welcome here and that the government should make clear they can stay," she said.

"This is the right thing to do and what the Leave campaign promised all along."