In its Annual party conference, the Liberal Democrats have unanimously passed a motion on 'the Impact of Brexit on Public services' which includes a call for 'The Government to unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the UK, ending their ongoing uncertainty.
An amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, tabled by Tom Brake, Sir Vince Cable, Alistair Carmichael, Caroline Lucas, Mike Gapes, Tim Farron, and Wera Hobhouse, proposes that
“…A Minister of the Crown must by regulations make provision to maintain, preserve and protect the rights of any citizen of an EU Member State who was lawfully resident in the UK immediately before exit day, and in particular their continued right to be lawfully resident in the UK.”
New Europeans has camapigned for such measures in the event of a Leave vote since before the Brexit referendum.
Earlier this year the Labor Party announced it would give immediate, comprehensive and unilateral guarantees to all EU27 citizens in the UK on its "first day in office".
Many Conservative MPs, as well as the SNP, Green Party and Plaid Cymru also support this position.
The legal, moral, and political case for unilateral guarantees was set out in an expert paper published earlier this year by the New Europeans Citizenship Unit and the Britain in Europe think tank
In May 2017, Samia Badani and Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos presented a ground-breaking report to the European Parlilament on behalf of New Europeans, based on empirical research and legal opinion.
The report dmeonstrated that the failure of the UK government (and the EU) to grant unilateral guarantees to 3.4m EU27 citizens in the UK and 1.6 m UK citizens in the EU constituted a potential breach of Art.8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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