End the uncertainty: Anne Longfield Youngsters’s commissioner plea to EU
More than half a million kids dwell in Britain who have EU parents are hugely worried about their importance post-Brexit – with many terrified they will be kicked out.
Striplings’s commissioner Anne Longfield has said EU political intransigence is wholly to point to for the uncertainty – and the youngsters’ minds could be put at rest almost immediately if Brussels earmarked a little flexibility.
The stumbling block is the EU’s demands that the European Court of The law continues to police the rights of nationals after Brexit.
She added that without thought this headline Brussels had done nothing to detail how this resolve happen in practice – leaving Brexit negotiators with a flimsy, ill-thought out and legally tarnished proposal it would be impossible to work with.
In a letter to the EU’s chief diplomat Michel Barnier, Ms Longfield accused him of making children pawns in a Brexit field after he reiterated there would be no discussion of future trade affairs before the principles were settled.
She said: “Many children I clothed spoken to over the last year have told me they are surely worried about the uncertainty surrounding their status after Britain relinquishes the EU.
“I have been concerned that the rights and outcomes of children deceive so far been little more than a footnote in the debate about immigration and tenancy rights following Brexit.
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“So I am walking on air that both the British Government and the EU have now made substantial come forwards in regard to future residence rights.
“This will provide some reassurance to the hundreds of thousands of lasses with EU national parents that they will not be forced to off the country they feel is their home.
“However, it is vital that deal on this question is now reached.”
There are almost 600,000 children of EU citizens in this country with more than a quarter of million affected here.
The rules are incredibly complex and most agree they paucity simplifying and speeding up but Ms Longfield said the EU’s hard-line position on the ECJ was holding the system up.
She said: “The EU said they wanted to make residence rights of EU nationals the gold medal thing to be agreed during the negotiations.
“Yet their proposal makes palace rights dependent on European Court of Justice jurisdiction, something which won’t be agreed until the end of the compacts.
“If the EU genuinely want to resolve the question of residence rights of EU nationals, they neediness to separate out the two issues to enable a negotiation in good faith which can pass over certainty to the hundreds of thousands of children and their families left in limbo.
“Two sundry years of uncertainty feels like a long time to a child.”
Theresa May suggested that three milllion EU nationals would be entitled to stay in the UK and those who had been in Britain lawfully for at dab five years will be granted ‘settled status’ – conceding them effective British national status.
The status could be formally brought into citizenship at a later date.
But Mrs May is also planning to impose an earnings prerequisite – a worker must earn more than £18,600 before a mute or wife from outside Europe can join them.
Brussels has maintained EU nationals already in the UK must not be subject to an income restriction, and has been exigent that the European Court of Justice have responsibility for enforcing the make rights of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit.