Even EU citizens who have qualified for permanent residency after being in the Britain at least five years will be have apply for a new “residence document”
Even EU citizens who have qualified for permanent residency after being in the Britain at least five years will be have apply for a new “residence document”.
They will be charged a fee and ordered to give biometric details such as fingerprints and iris scans as part of the application process, a Home Office document revealed. If they leave Britain for a period of two years or more, they face being stripped of this “settled status” for good.
“This is a fair and serious offer,” Theresa May told Parliament.
But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “This is not a generous offer. This is confirmation that the Government are prepared to use people as bargaining chips. This is people’s lives we are talking about – our neighbours, friends, husbands, wives and children.”
Brexit Secretary David Davis raised jeers from MPs as he claimed the residence document “is not an ID card” because EU citizens “won’t have to carry it round all the time”.
Mr Davis faces charges of hypocrisy, after he quit Parliament in 2008 over Labour’s plan for identity cards. Lib Dem MP Ed Davey blasted: “This is ID cards by the back door.