Settled Status figures show need for automatic right to stay

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to grant EU citizens the automatic right to stay in the UK, with the physical proof they need, as new Home Office figures reveal thousands are being refused and millions await a final decision.


The latest EU Settlement Scheme statistics, published this morning, reveal 2,300 people have been refused Settled Status, 1.4 million have only been granted temporary ā€˜Pre-Settled Statusā€™ and 250,000 are still waiting for a decision.

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

ā€œEU citizens in the UK have been living under a cloud of uncertainty for far too long. They are our families and friends, our colleagues and carers. They must have the right to stay.

ā€œBoris Johnson and the Conservatives promised to automatically guarantee the rights of EU citizens to stay, but they have broken that promise.

ā€œWith so many people being refused Settled Status, granted only temporary ā€˜Pre-Settled Statusā€™ or still waiting for a decision, it's clear that the Governmentā€™s scheme is anything but automatic."

ā€œAnd without physical proof of their rights, EU citizens will be at the mercy of the Conservativesā€™ Hostile Environment. They must not become the victims of a new Windrush-style scandal.

ā€œLiberal Democrats are fighting for EU citizens to be given the automatic right to stay in the UK, with the physical proof they need.ā€

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