EU Nationals Left In Limbo

Thousands of EU nationals living across Merton have been left in legal limbo as they have not been offered permanent residency in the UK, official figures have revealed.  The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of leaving local families from the EU in “legal limbo” and throwing people’s lives into uncertainty.

Of the 16,420 EU nationals across Merton who have applied for permanent residency, only 8,810 have been offered settled status. 4,770 have been granted pre-settled status, which only gives the temporary right to stay in the UK.

Another 2,760 EU nationals living in Merton have applied for permanent residency but are still waiting for a final decision to be made.

1,790 of the applications for settled status in Merton were for children, i.e. those under 18.

Luke Taylor, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mitcham and Morden commented:

“Too many EU nationals in Merton are deeply anxious about their right to stay. Many of them fill vital roles in our health service and our schools. It’s disgraceful for the Conservative government to leave them in legal limbo like this.

“Families and children must not be made to live under a cloud of uncertainty any longer.

“The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit, protect the rights of EU citizens and build a brighter future for our country.”

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