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Home Secretary Sajid Javid to be grilled by Lords on citizens' rights after Brexit

Home Secretary Sajid Javid will be questioned by members of the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee on Tuesday 22 January in a follow-up session on citizens' rights post-Brexit. 

The Home Secretary gave evidence to the Committee in June 2018 where assurances were given about the UK having a welcoming attitude to EU citizens who live in the UK, and that lessons were being learned from the Windrush scandal.

This follow-up session will focus on advertising and promotional materials for settled status, process, documentation and trials, eligibility criteria, reciprocal arrangements and no deal preparations.

Questions are likely to include: 

  • When you appeared before us in June last year, you agreed that the Home Office messaging should seek to embrace EU nationals in the UK. In those circumstances why did the advert start by saying: “If you are an EU citizen living in the UK and want to stay in the UK after December 2020...”? Did you sign off personally on this advert?
  • Can you confirm that individuals who are granted settled status will be provided with no documentation to prove their right to residence in the UK? Why is this?
  • It has been suggested that the current trials of the settled status scheme are focusing on easy cases and have not engaged with communities who may lack the relevant documents and evidence to prove that they have been in the UK for at least five years. How would you respond to this?
  • What undertakings have been received from EU countries about UK nationals. Are you in a position to tell us which countries have agreed to provide reciprocal rights?

The session will start at 2.30pm in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords.

The session is open to the public, and will be broadcast live on Parliament TV. If you would like to attend please go to the Cromwell Green Entrance and allow time to get through security

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