S&D MEPs are seeking assurance that citizens' rights will be fully respected when the UK leaves the EU on 31 January 2020. In a resolution voted today in the European Parliament, MEPs overwhelmingly called for action to be taken to resolve a number of issues regarding the status of EU27 citizens in the UK and the implementation of citizens' rights.
Pedro Silva Pereira, S&D spokesperson on Brexit, said:
“The UK will leave the EU in a matter of weeks and yet there is still uncertainty for many EU citizens. People deserve clear and concrete reassurances that their rights will be protected. The resolution approved today in the European Parliament shows we stand up for citizens' rights.
We acknowledge the efforts made but the UK government can and should do more to ensure full protection of citizens’ rights. The truth is that the EU Settlement Scheme could be more user-friendly and would benefit from additional assistance being provided to older and more vulnerable citizens, in particular those with difficulty in using digital tools. On the other hand, as many applicants are only receiving the so-called "pre-settled status", it would be better if this procedure was declaratory in nature with a proper review of decisions by a truly independent authority. A physical document proving the right to reside in the UK would also be an important step in giving citizens a stronger sense of legal certainty.
We now hope to get a positive response from the UK Government regarding these serious concerns on citizen's rights.
When it comes to the future relationship between the EU and the UK, we will continue to make sure that commitments on citizens' rights are fully implemented at every step of the way.”