Responding to the Court of Appeal’s ruling that the Government has unlawfully discriminated against EU citizens with Pre-Settled Status by excluding them from Universal Credit, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:
“Denying people the financial support they desperately need during this pandemic is an appalling way to treat the EU citizens who are our families and friends, our colleagues and carers.
“Boris Johnson and the Conservatives promised to guarantee EU citizens living in the UK the automatic right to stay, but they have broken that promise. Not only that, but they have unlawfully discriminated against them as well.
“The Government’s ‘Settled Status’ scheme is anything but automatic. 1.8 million people have been given only temporary ‘Pre-Settled Status’, and until now they have been excluded from access to benefits.
“Liberal Democrats will keep fighting for all EU citizens to be given the automatic right to stay in the UK, as they were promised.”
Local activist Mark Smith added:
"There are over 26,000 EU citizens in Sandwell, and over 11,000 of these have wrongly been assigned Pre-Settled Status. The government must honour its promise to treat EU citizens fairly. They have made an enormous contribution and enriched our community, and should not be discriminated against."