Responding to the Government’s publication of the Immigration Bill today, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:
“The immigration system is broken and public confidence is shattered. But the Conservatives’ plans will make things worse, not better.
“By ending free movement – which two thirds of Britons want to keep – they will make it even harder for UK employers to recruit the workers they need. Who will care for our elderly and vulnerable people? Who will build the homes we need?
“This Bill fails to deliver on Boris Johnson’s promise to automatically guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK before Brexit. Unless the Conservative Government changes course, thousands of EU citizens will be left effectively undocumented next year – at risk of eviction, detention and even deportation.
“Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for the rights of EU citizens and oppose the Conservatives’ destructive policies. What we need instead is a fair, effective immigration system that works for our economy and treats everyone with dignity and respect.”
Christine Jardine has tabled a separate Bill to automatically guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK: the European Citizens’ Rights Bill. [LINK]
According to the latest Eurobarometer survey [LINK], 69% of UK adults are in favour of “The free movement of EU citizens who can live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU”