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Brexit Uncertainty for Non-EU Citizens
Call for clarity from UK Government over Zambrano carers
Stephen Gethins MP has called for clarity from the UK government over the rights of non-EU citizens in the UK, who currently have the right to remain through EU law, when the UK leaves the European Union.
Stephen Gethins MP has raised the issue with Brexit Secretary David Davis who confirmed to him in a letter that the rights of these non-EU nationals were still under consideration.
EU law allows a worker to bring a spouse of children who lack EU citizenship with them to any member state, including the primary care givers of British children or dependent adults who, without that caretaker, would be forced to leave the EU.
Called ‘Zambrano carer’ cases - an example would be a Moroccan mother of a French child living in the UK.
However, many of these rights arise from court judgements against the UK Home Office, which has opposed widening the influence of EU law on the country’s migration policy.
David Davis has admitted he is not familiar with ‘Zambrano carer’ cases.
Commenting, Stephen Gethins MP said:
“The UK government must provide some clarity for non-EU citizens who currently have the right to be here and now face uncertainty.
“This will have a particular impact on some of the most vulnerable in our society.
“With Article 50 now triggered, the UK Government must provide answers.
“The Prime Minister cannot talk about building a fairer and global UK while jeopardising the status and rights of people who have made the UK their home and contribute to society both socially and economically.
"We must also look to strengthening scrutiny over this process. Leaving the EU will have an impact on each and every one of us, our rights, jobs, opportunities for young people and the economy.
“Parliamentarians must have oversight of the UK government’s process."
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