Saint Margeret’s Ward Residents Association Ipswich Lib Dem, Inga Lockington has been granted British citizenship.She had been previously denied British citzenship because she didn’t submit the right paperwork to prove she was a British resident. She has since submited evidence that she is a British resident and British citizenship has been granted. In response to Inga being given British citzenship, Suffolk EU Alliance East Suffolk Lib Dem and County Councillor for Ipswich Road Woodbridge, Caroline Page said that it was truly a case of Brexit madness.
Caroline Page also said
There are many other people in Suffolk in a similar situation to Inga – it is an expensive and frightening one to be in. Suffolk LibDems urge the County Council to provide support through the Suffolk Law Centre to support our residents in retaining their Citizens’ Rights “
The truth is a bit differant.
This Conservative Government has reached an agreement with the European Union on citizens’ rights in negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This will provide certainty about the future to millions of EU citizens and their families in the UK. Most importantly, it will allow you to stay here after we leave the EU on 29 March 2019, and to continue to access public funds and services.
The UK government has agreed that EU citizens and their families arriving during the implementation period, from 30 March 2019 to 31 December 2020, will be able to stay on the same terms but will need to register if they choose to stay for longer than 3 months.
The government is also in discussions with Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland about securing the status of their citizens who are resident in the UK, and of UK nationals resident in those states. As the rights of British and Irish citizens in each other’s country are rooted in the Ireland Act 1949, Irish citizens won’t need to apply for settled status or register.
The agreement reached for EU citizens and their families is:
- People who, by 31 December 2020, have been continuously and lawfully living here for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’. That means they will be free to live here, have access to public funds and services and go on to apply for British citizenship.
- People who arrive by 31 December 2020, but won’t have been living here lawfully for 5 years when we leave the EU, will be able to apply to stay until they have reached the 5-year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.
- Family members who are living with, or join, EU citizens in the UK by 31 December 2020 will also be able to apply for settled status, usually after 5 years in the UK.
- Close family members (spouses, civil and unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren, and dependent parents and grandparents) will be able to join EU citizens after exit, where the relationship existed on 31 December 2020.
EU citizens with settled status or temporary permission to stay will have the same access as they currently do to healthcare, pensions and other benefits in the UK.
Nick Clegg’s proposed national hissyfit
On June 23rd, the Lib Dems are going to join their fellow Staylinists in Parliament Square as part of Nasty Nick’s propsed national hissyfit which he proposed in his book how to
Usurp Democracy Stop Brexit which I reviewed here. The march is called March for a People’s Vote. Even though the people have a;ready had a vote. do they believe only Lib Dems should have the vote? Gladstone was against suffrage being given to trhe working class and clearly the illiberal undemocrats adhere to his views. They claim that new facts have come to light since the referendum. One fact that instantly came to light the morning after the refernedum is that those who want Britian to stay in the EUSSR are the minority.