The House of Lords Article 50 vote went in favour of protecting the rights of EU nationals living in the UK. The House of Lords voted to amend the Government’s Article 50 bill, showing that the Lords believe the rights of EU nationals after Brexit is an issue that needs to be sorted out as soon as possible.
What was the House of Lords Article 50 Vote about?
After the Brexit referendum in June of 2016, the Government imposed an end of March deadline to pass the Article 50 bill that will start the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU. The draft of the Article 50 bill passed through the House of Commons without any amendments, despite the bill not offering any guarantee of the rights of EU nationals currently living in the United Kingdom. The House of Lords Article 50 vote was in favour of making amendments in order to protect the rights of EU nationals in the United Kingdom.
Despite Government protestations to the contrary, it seems that the House of Lords took a dim view of the lack of protection the draft Article 50 bill afforded to EU nationals living in the United Kingdom. Whilst the Government is adamant that they are concerned for the rights of EU nationals, the lack of protection in the Article 50 bill was telling; the House of Lords Article 50 vote shows EU nationals living in the United Kingdom are an issue the Lords consider to be of greater importance than does the Government.
What will be the impact of the House of Lords Article 50 Vote on the immigration status of EU nationals living in the UK?
The House of Lords Article 50 vote to guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the United Kingdom was passed by 358 to 256. The next stage will be for the bill to return to the House of Commons, where it is possible that the amendments will be removed. The Government knew that the House of Lords Article 50 vote was likely to go against them, though in their view they felt it was best not to guarantee the rights of EU nationals living here before those of United Kingdom nationals living in the EU are themselves guaranteed. This is the negotiating strategy the Government has taken, and means that the uncertainty regarding the status of EU nationals living in the United Kingdom is likely to continue.
Whether the Government is able to meet their self-imposed deadline of March remains to be seen, but the House of Lords Article 50 vote illustrates that the rights of EU nationals remains an issue, one that the House of Lords is making a priority – and that they trying to pressure the Government into making it a priority also. For EU nationals currently living in the United Kingdom, this uncertainty means that confirming your status to live and work here should be seen as a point of urgency.
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