For many months my Labour colleagues and I have been sounding the alarm over the potential for another Windrush-style scandal with EU citizens in the UK. Despite our calls, the Government have refused to take the action necessary to provide protection and comfort to EU citizens here lawfully and we now have a disaster in only a few days time.
Over the weekend my colleague Nick Thomas-Symonds, Labour’s shadow Home Secretary, has called on Priti Patel to extend the deadline by three months to avoid a potential disaster and heartbreak for many. You can read Nick’s letter to the Home Secretary here.
This comes weeks after my own letter, as shadow Europe Minister, to the Immigration Minister calling for an urgent meeting to discuss the unfolding disaster and the serious damage being done to our relationship with EU countries due to our position.
With just days to go I’ll be working closely with my Labour colleagues to secure the protections that we need for EU citizens here in the UK and fighting for the protections that they deserve.