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British Home Minister Sajid Javid has rejected the criticism of the ad for the ‘settled status’ scheme posted by the Home Office in December 2017 and dismissed claims that the tone of the message was hostile in any way.
Mr. Javid was questioned by members of the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee on Tuesday, 22 January on citizens’ rights post-Brexit.
He admitted that the Home Office and the overall the UK government cannot repeat the ‘Windrush generation’ mistakes — which led to the resignation of his predecessor Amber Rudd over migrant removal targets — with the EU nationals residing in Britain.
“Whether we like it or not, when we leave the EU, whether with a deal or no deal, at some point they would have to have proper status, so that they have no problems in the future to live, work and continue their lives here. We cannot have a situation in the future, where we aren’t able to identify the cohort of 3 million plus that were here before the exit from the EU or at the end of the implementation period — if we have a deal — and new EU citizens that continue to arrive after that,” Javid told the committee.
He added that if the Home Office message to EU nationals is not clear, the government runs the risk of people feel like there is “not much pressure on them and they don’t have to do this.”
To those who criticize the advertising, Javid said that the ad contained the correct and factual message and he won’t allow the scheme to fail under his watch.
The settled status scheme announced by the government allows EU citizens in Britain to apply for the permission to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.
On Monday, the UK PM Theresa May announced that the government decided to waive the application fee (£65) so there is no financial barrier for EU nationals who wish to stay in the country.