MPs reject Brexit bill amendment to protect EU citizens in UK
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 04:14PM
Measure to force government to give all EU citizens living in Britain permanent residency defeated 332-290
Attempts to force the government to give all EU citizens in the UK permanent residency after Britain leaves the bloc have been defeated.
The government successfully blocked the bid to add the protections in amendments to the Brexit bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday by 332 votes to 290. Three Tory MPs voted in favour of the amendment - Ken Clarke, Andrew Tyrie and Tania Matthias.
During the Commons debate before the vote, the former culture minister Ed Vaizey said Tory MPs had received reassurances from the home secretary, Amber Rudd, on the status of EU citizens after departure from the EU. The letter,published later by ConservativeHome, stresses “any hold-up is less an issue of principle than one of timing with a few EU countries insisting there can be ‘no negotiation before notification
Interesting times for gold as politics becomes the driving force...
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