Prime Minister unable to guarantee future of Hackney's EU citizens

Published on: 18 January 2017

I have been contacted by hundreds of constituents since the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Many are rightly concerned about their future and the future of their families. Lots of questions remain unanswered.

During today’s Prime Minister’s Questions I asked Theresa May what assurance she can give them about their future.

It was disappointing, even now seven months after the referendum, that the Prime Minister cannot give support to those who have contributed so much to our country.

The PM needs to end the speculation. The chaos surrounding the Government’s approach to this issue is real worry for hundreds of Hackney residents, many of whom have lived here for decades.

I have written to the Government seeking urgent clarification.

You can watch my question below:


Full text below:

Wednesday 18 January 2017
Meg Hillier (Hackney South and Shoreditch) (Lab/Co-op)

Q13. In response to the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry), the Prime Minister talked about her desire to give clarity around our exit from the EU. Many of my constituents are European citizens who are paying tax and bringing up their families here. What assurance can she give them about their future, particularly if they change employer or are freelancers? [908238]

The Prime Minister

One of the objectives I set out in my speech yesterday was something I have said before about the guaranteeing of rights for EU citizens living here in the UK, but I also want to see the rights of UK citizens living in the 27 member states being guaranteed. I remain open, and I encourage others across Europe to agree with me that this is an issue we should look at as early as possible in order to give people the confidence and reassurance that the hon. Lady is looking for.