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Hundreds of EU nationals in Harrogate left in legal limbo

November 9, 2019 8:34 AM

Hundreds of EU nationals living in the Harrogate Districthave 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 2040 EU nationals across the Harrogate District who have applied for permanent residency, only 1,200 have been offered settled status. 510 have been granted pre-settled status, which only gives the temporary right to stay in the UK.

Another 330 EU nationals living in Harrogate District have applied for permanent residency but are still waiting for a final decision to be made.

210 of the applications for settled status in the Harrogate District were for children, i.e. those under 18.

Liberal Democrat candidate for Harrogate & Knaresborough, Judith Rogerson, commented:

"Too many EU nationals in Harrogate & Knaresborough 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.

I have personally talked to EU nationals who are desperately worried about their future in this country, some of them having spent decades living and contributing to the community in our area. Families must not be made to live under this cloud of uncertainty for any longer.

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