Hostile environment and EEA nationals

Part of Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 5th March 2019.

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‘(1) This section applies where EEA nationals and Swiss nationals, and their family members, are subject to legislation and regulations encompassing the “hostile environment”.

(2) The Secretary of State must make provision to ensure that, under the hostile environment measures, EEA nationals and Swiss nationals and their family members are treated no less favourably than British citizens in an equivalent position, until the number of people registered for settled status reaches 3 million people or until 30 June 2021, whichever is later.

(3) For the purposes of this section, the “hostile environment” comprises the following measures, including all regulations, policies, and guidance issued pursuant or relating to them—

(a) sections 20 to 47 of the Immigration Act 2014;

(b) sections 34 to 45 of the Immigration Act 2016;

(c) sections 15 to 25 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006;

(d) section 175 of the National Health Service Act 2006; and

(e) schedule 2, paragraph 4, of the Data Protection Act 2018.’ —

This new clause would prevent the hostile environment from being applied to EEA nationals, Swiss nationals, or their family members until the number of people registered for settled status reaches 3 million or 30 June 2021, whichever is later.