Issues with the British authorities’s plans to register EU residents for settled standing after Brexit haven’t been “sufficiently addressed”, the European Parliament’s Brexit chief has warned.
On Wednesday Sajid Javid, the Residence Secretary, travelled to Brussels to fulfill with Man Verhofstadt, the parliament’s Brexit coordinator in a bid to placate his and different MEPs’ considerations with British plans.
The Windrush scandal, which claimed the job of Mr Javid’s predecessor Amber Rudd on the finish of final month, has spooked EU residents teams and a few MEPs – who fear that lives may very well be ruined by an identical Residence Workplace catastrophe.
EU residents have already confronted quite a few immigration system mishaps following Brexit; some have been wrongly despatched deportation letters by the Residence Workplace final yr – an incident that triggered some to spend hundreds of authorized charges, and which Theresa Could described as an “unlucky error”.
Mr Javid’s assembly with Mr Verhofstadt additionally got here only a day after Mr Javid admitted greater than 60 folks with a proper to stay within the UK might have been wrongly deported, in line with his division’s newest evaluation.
The European Parliament has sought quite a few assurances on how straightforward and easy the system can be. The registration scheme was ridiculed final month after it emerge that iPhone customers wouldn’t be capable to use a scanning function within the registration app, which might solely be obtainable for Android telephones.
“It was a pleasure to fulfill with Mr Javid right now and I sit up for working with him intently in an effort to present extra certainty for each EU and UK residents after Brexit. We agreed to work intently collectively to get this proper,” Mr Verhofstadt stated after the one-on-one assembly on the Parliament’s Brussels base.
European Parliament Brexit co-ordinator Man Verhofstadt (PA)
“I welcome Mr Javid’s response to the European Parliament’s considerations concerning the Residence Workplace’s proposed registration process for EU residents within the UK and associated issues, however presently we don’t imagine our anxieties have but been sufficiently addressed. We reiterate our perception that the registration course of ought to, as a matter of precept, be cost-free. It’s unacceptable that residents who have been by no means consulted on Brexit ought to need to pay to retain their current rights.”
He added: “MEPs stay involved concerning the technological shortcomings of the proposed registration ‘app’ and the truth that any different is restricted to sending passports by submit solely, the dearth of readability for susceptible teams, the size of the method, the consequence of criminality checks and that households might not be capable to register utilizing one kind.
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“The European Parliament has been resolute in urgent to additional the rights of UK residents within the EU, together with particularly the proper to free motion for UK citizen’s resident within the EU after Brexit. As a Parliament, we’re united within the perception that neither EU residents within the UK or UK residents within the EU must be punished due to Brexit.”
Mr Javid left the assembly with out making any remark to ready reporters, and was hurried away from the press again into an elevator by a gaggle of his aides. There have been comedic scenes after an official pressed the fallacious button within the carry, inflicting the doorways to re-open and delay the minister’s escape.
The Unbiased has contacted the Residence Workplace to see if the secretary of state’s division would offer remark for him.