Jamie Stone, the Highlands MP is concerned that the settled status scheme of the EU would not be able to accommodate the three million estimated applications. Only EU citizens, as well as citizens of Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein and their relatives who have spent for five years and above in the UK, are eligible for the settlement scheme. Immigration status, conferring rights to live and work indefinitely in the UK is granted to the applicants who are successful. Mr. Stone, however, has doubts on the ability of the UK government with regards to visa processing and this was expressed in his statement to The Press and Journal. He is concerned that with the Home Office reputation for lack of efficiency, it may not be able to process about three million applications within two years. This warning was issued after there was a revelation that in the House of Lords and House of Commons, about a hundred and seventy-five EU nationals are workers there. Also, in total, out of the 2715 pass holders working in Parliament, 7.4% are likely EU citizens. Mr. Stone further stated that vital roles in schools, NHS and across the Parliament are filled by EU citizens, and as such; it is surprising to him that some MPs are voting for a Brexit which will endanger the rights of some of the people they work with daily – “not to mention their own European constitutes.”
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