Deportation letters sent to 100 EU citizens in UK by mistake
In the context of our recent post about ‘Brexit and EU residents in the UK’, the Home office has sent, by error, circa 100 letters all to EU nationals notifying them that ‘a decision has now been taken to remove them from the United Kingdom’ and requires them to leave the UK within one month.
The astonishing letter has arrived in a period of high uncertainty about the future of European nationals in the UK and is in clear contradiction with the promise made by Prime Minister, Theresa May, at a Brussel Summit two months ago to her fellow European leaders. According to the Prime Minister no EU citizens currently living in Britain would be forced to leave after the country exited the EU in 2019.
One of those European nationals who received the letter was Dr Eva Johanna Holmber, a Finnish academic fellow from the University of Helsinki at Queen Mary University of London who is married to a Briton. Dr Holmber was not only told to leave the country within one month but was also warned that she was ‘a person liable to be detained under the Immigration Act’.
On Wednesday, 23rd August 2017, after Dr Holmber publicised her letter on social media, the Home Office recognised the error.
According to a spokesperson for the department ‘a limited number of letters were issued in error and we have urgently looking into why this happened’. Then adding that they were ‘contacting everyone who received this letter to clarify that they can disregard it. We are absolutely clear that the rights of EU nationals living in the UK remain unchanged’.
Prime Minister, Theresa May also recognised that it was an ‘unfortunate error’ adding that she wants ‘to assure EU nationals here in the UK that their rights and status in the UK have not change’.
According to the clarification published in the Home Office website, those who received the letter will be further contacted. Pleas see the link: https://homeofficemedia.blog.gov.uk/2017/08/23/clarification-home-office-position-on-letters-sent-in-error-to-eu-nationals/
If you are an EU national who is anxious after having received the letter or you just wish to obtain further information of how Brexit will affect your future rights, please get in touch with us.
Lupins is committed to addressing your fears through the provision of outstanding legal services to give you ‘complete peace of mind’. Ensuring that your future in the UK as an EU National will be safeguarded as far as possible.