PMQs: Monaghan calls on PM to scrap settled status fee

SNP MP Carol Monaghan has called on the Prime Minister to follow through on her own words and give EU nationals the clarity and stability they desperately need by scrapping the UK government’s shameful settled status fee.

At PMQs, the MP for Glasgow North West reminded Theresa May of her own comments following her humiliating defeat last night on her Brexit deal, when the Prime Minister admitted that “EU citizens who have made their home here deserve clarity on these questions as soon as possible.”

Under the Tory government’s EU Settlement Scheme, EU nationals who already live in the UK must apply to remain here, and face charges of £65 per adult and £32.50 per child to do so – or face possible deportation by the UK government.

The SNP has slammed the Tory “pay to stay” policy forced upon EU citizens, and has committed to meeting the fees for EU citizens working in the devolved public sector in Scotland, giving practical help to the individuals concerned and to help retain the doctors, nurses and other valued public servants that Scotland needs.

Carol Monaghan MP said:

“Last night after her crushing defeat the Prime Minister said that ‘EU citizens who have made their home here deserve clarity on these questions as soon as possible.’

“However, the fact is that that clarity is in the Prime Minister’s own hands. The Tories’ shameful settled status fee – or pay to stay policy – is just the latest chapter in their hostile rhetoric towards EU nationals.

“The Prime Minister must follow through on her own words and prove that she values EU nationals by scrapping the settled status fee and give a guarantee to all EU nationals that their future in the UK is secure.

“The SNP has committed to meeting the fee for settled status applications for EU citizens working in the devolved public sector in Scotland. However, the idea that the rights of millions of people across the UK comes with a price tag and a deadline is utterly disgraceful.

“EU nationals have contributed economically and socially to Scotland and the UK. They can no longer be treated as bargaining chips by this shambolic and hostile Tory government that is crumbling day by day.”

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