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UK will not automatically deport EU nationals after Brexit - Verhofstadt

 

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FILE PHOTO: Guy Verhofstadt, the EU Parliament's Brexit steering group coordinator, speaks during a debate on Brexit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will not automatically deport European Union citizens who have not applied for the right to remain in the country after Brexit, European Parliament Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said on Friday.

 

Verhofstadt, who met with British ministers including Brexit minister Stephen Barclay on Thursday, said he had been reassured there would be a grace period for those who have not applied for Britain's "settled status" scheme by the June 2021 deadline.

 

"What will happen for those people even after the grace period? Well there will be no automatic deportation," Verhofstadt told BBC Radio.

 

"After the grace period they will have a possibility to apply, giving the grounds why it was not possible to do it within the normal procedures."

 

Asked about Verhofstadt's comments, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman confirmed there would be no automatic deportation.

 

Reuters reported in November that Britain was threatening to deport EU citizens if they failed to apply on time and would grant leniency only in exceptional circumstances.

 

As of the end of last year, more than 2.7 million of the estimated 3.5 million EU nationals living in Britain had applied. Earlier this week the EU expressed concerns over "conflicting signals" on what would happen to those who fail to do so in time.

 

Britain is set to leave the EU on Jan. 31 after agreeing a divorce deal late last year but will remain bound by all the bloc's rules until the end of 2020 under an agreed transition phase aimed at smoothing its exit.

 

Verhofstadt also said EU citizens who are granted settled status want to be given a physical document so they can prove they have the right to remain. He said Britain had told him it was looking into the possibility of this.

 

Johnson's spokesman said he was not aware of any planned change.

 

"The settlement scheme will grant people a secure digital status which future proofs their rights and links to their passport and ID card," he said.

 

(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Sarah Young)

 

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This idiot needs to take a good look at himself. This was never going to happen anyway.

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2 hours ago, Thingamabob said:

This idiot

Why he's an idiot?? 

Please explain 

 

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26 minutes ago, Brigand said:

Verhofstadt is the poster boy for all that is wrong with the EU and every time he opens his poisonous mouth he scores massive own goals looking like an intolerant lefty fascist ranting and raving plus spitting the dummy out all the time... just reinforces that the UK made the right decision to leave if he is an example of who is running the show over there. I can't believe that Brussels hasn't reeled him in and taken him off PR duty for the EU as he is a disaster. Horrible little octopus he is and also a bit of vitamin D and B wouldn't go amiss as looks like he could be an extra in the Walking Dead series.

 

you don't know much about EU do you?

 

Verhofstadt is an elected politician, not chuckable by EU officials,

pretty much like your beloved J Corbyn

 

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9 hours ago, daveAustin said:

Of course they won't. PC reigns. They'd sooner boot out a Briton with connections with Ethelred.

 

For the record, Verhofstadt is a ****!

What a luck, Boris never lied... NEVER.

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The elephant in the room is his ancestor, mind you the same as a lot of the senior unelected rulers. I will be very happy when my country stops sending child benifit to other countries and ecstatic when benifit is stopped for all non Brits. 

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52 minutes ago, Scot123 said:

The elephant in the room is his ancestor, mind you the same as a lot of the senior unelected rulers. I will be very happy when my country stops sending child benifit to other countries and ecstatic when benifit is stopped for all non Brits. 

Many EU criminals somehow seem to languish in the UK without the threat of deportation.  For the others who have still not formalised their right to stay in the UK, he government would not have to deport any of them. Simply stopping their benefits would see a mass exodus. That would be the freedom of movement back home.

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10 hours ago, daveAustin said:

Of course they won't. PC reigns. They'd sooner boot out a Briton with connections with Ethelred.

 

For the record, Verhofstadt is a ****!

I find it funny that only reliable source of information, what the UK government plans, comes from EU counterparts.

 

Verhofstadt is outspoken and don't like to sugarcoat the words for English and Wales audiences. I like it. It's fresh wind on international politics, even if it might hurt some folks, who wish to stay uninformed.

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