Thousands of EU nationals living in Stockport have not been offered permanent residency in the UK, official figures have revealed.
The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of leaving local families from the EU in “legal limbo” and throwing people’s lives into uncertainty.
Of the 2,570 EU nationals across Stockport who have applied for permanent residency, only 1,390 have been offered settled status. 780 have been granted pre-settled status, which only gives the temporary right to stay in the UK.
Another 380 EU nationals living in Stockport have applied for permanent residency but are still waiting for a final decision to be made.
380 of the applications for settled status in Stockport were for children, i.e. those under 18.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Cheadle Tom Morrison commented:
“Too many EU nationals in Cheadle are deeply anxious about their right to stay. Many of them fill vital roles in our health service and our schools. It’s disgraceful for the Conservative government to leave them in legal limbo like this.
“Families and children must not be made to live under a cloud of uncertainty any longer.
“The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit, protect the rights of EU citizens and build a brighter future for our country.”