Business Insider is reporting that the Home Office is considering processing applications from EU citizens for the proposed new post-Brexit ‘settled status’ in alphabetical order, based on the first letter of their surname, in order to try and cope with the expected massive influx in applications.
Commenting, Stella Creasy MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“This half-baked plan proves that, despite what leave campaigners promised, Brexit is not as easy as ABC.
“The Government is still woefully unprepared for the huge task of registering EU citizens applying for settled status if we leave the EU.
“Having been treated by ministers as ‘bargaining chips’ in the negotiations, EU nationals still have few guarantees about their futures, particularly in the event of a disastrous no deal Brexit. This is a disaster waiting to happen.
“Before we dedicate huge amounts of time and resources to complex schemes like this, we need to have a People's Vote on the Brexit deal so that the British people can decide whether or not it's what they want.”
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