Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

09 MAR 2017

EU Citizens

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about Brexit.

With regard to the rights of EU citizens in the UK, this is something that I have raised directly with both the Prime Minister and with David Davis and I am certain that the residency rights of British and EU nationals are the highest priority for the government in the immediate aftermath of the triggering of A50.

Whilst I will continue to urge the PM to set out our comprehensive offer for the rights of citizens both sides of the Channel to be respected, the current bill is designed wholly to allow this to get underway. I am told that a unilateral offer would simply mean that the position for U.K. Nationals in other EU member states would no longer be a priority for those states, potentially resulting in a long delay for them in receiving reassurances. That would be particularly serious for those who have retired elsewhere in the EU.

I will be voting for an unamended A50 bill but I am confident that the commitment to put this at the top of the agenda will be honoured. The PM has made clear that she wants and expects those settled here to be able to remain. I am also pressing for the procedures for their residency status to be streamlined.

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