Responding to the Court of Appeal’s ruling that the Government has unlawfully discriminated against EU citizens with Pre-Settled Status by excluding them from Universal Credit, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:
“Denying people the financial support they desperately need during this pandemic is an appalling way to treat the EU citizens who are our families and friends, our colleagues and carers.
“Boris Johnson and the Conservatives promised to guarantee EU citizens living in the UK the automatic right to stay, but they have broken that promise. Not only that, but they have unlawfully discriminated against them as well.
“The Government’s ‘Settled Status’ scheme is anything but automatic. 1.8 million people have been given only temporary ‘Pre-Settled Status’, and until now they have been excluded from access to benefits.
“Liberal Democrats will keep fighting for all EU citizens to be given the automatic right to stay in the UK, as they were promised.”