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Government softens language on long-term EU citizens

The UK government has no wish to interfere with the residency rights of European Union citizens who have lived in the UK for at least five years, a minister at the Department for Exiting the European Union has said.

David Jones, who also serves as the MP for Clwyd West, was responding to questions from the House of Lords EU Select Committee on 1 November. 

He told peers that the government is unlikely to seek any change to the status of EU citizens who already have permanent residency in the UK or who are eligible. “After five years living in the UK, that individual has got the right to remain here and that is not something that we would like to disturb. This is an issue that should be clear as early as possible,” Jones said.

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