EU Citizens Will ‘Retain Right To Remain’
EU citizens living in the UK will not have their right to stay withdrawn, according to newly appointed Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Speaking to ITV News, Ms Rudd said she didn’t believe EU citizens would have to leave following the UK’s vote to withdraw from the EU, but stressed “for now it’s a discussion”.
Ms Rudd also wanted to guarantee the rights of those UK citizens living on the continent.
Her comments come after talks concerning the rights of the vast number of EU workers which make up the NHS. There have been many calls for Ms Rudd to guarantee the rights of such workers to stay in the UK.
Ben Morrin, workforce director for University College Hospitals London, said 15% of their workforce, across five hospitals, came from mainland Europe.
“If they all had to go – we obviously hope they never need to, we’d need to close wards and services, as would most trusts in England,” he added.
In response Ms Rudd told ITV News the issue was: “For now…a discussion”.
She added: “I think the prime minister has been very clear on this. We would like to do that, we intend to do that as part of the negotiations but it would be a mistake to go straight out and say that now because UK nationals in the rest of Europe must also be our priority.
“I don’t believe they will ever have to leave. What we have to make sure is that there is an arrangement down whereby our UK nationals are also secure abroad.”