Parliamentary oversight of negotiations

Part of Informal European Council – in the House of Commons at 4:57 pm on 6th February 2017.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East 4:57 pm, 6th February 2017

Even the Prime Minister’s statement today did not provide certainty. What constituents who have lived here for a number of years say to us is that they need certainty, so that they can know how to plan their lives. Does my hon. Friend agree with me that, in any event, someone who has lived here for five years should be able to get permanent settlement and that someone who has lawfully lived here six years should also be eligible for British citizenship? It is vital that the Government state this very clearly.