The Catch-up: Fresh warnings over 'catastrophic' impact of Brexit on children of EU citizens

What has happened?

EU citizens campaign group ‘the3million’ warned today that the Government’s approach to EU citizens’ right to stay in the UK after Brexit risks ‘catastrophic consequences’ – particularly for children. The group issued the caution in response to a Government committee meeting where evidence was given about the possible consequences of Theresa May’s ‘Settled Status’ scheme.

What are people saying about it?

Senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper issued grave warnings about the Settled Status scheme in an evidence session today. The system currently requires EU nationals living in the UK to register using their smartphones. Ms Cooper warned that there are no safeguards in place to help people who do not understand the process or who do not realise they need to apply. She warned in particular that children of EU nationals may become illegal immigrants because their parents mistakenly believe they are citizens. Those who fail to register may then not be able to access treatment on the NHS, rent property or work legally.

The3million called for a change to the system that would see those who miss the deadline avoid any punishment. The organisation warns that EU citizens who fail to apply for any reason risk deportation under the current process.

All EU citizens who currently live in the UK or who arrive during the Brexit transition will be allowed to stay and will maintain all the same rights, according to the Government. A Home Office spokesperson told Yahoo News UK that the scheme has been made ‘as simple as possible’ and that the Government is working with ‘vulnerable group representatives, local authorities and other experts’ to make sure everyone can access the scheme.

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