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EU citizens in the UK after Brexit

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Various papers are reporting on the treatment of EU citizens living in Britain after Brexit.

EU citizens after Brexit

Various papers have reported that the European Parliament has stepped up pressure on the UK over its treatment of EU citizens living in Britain after Brexit, urging the Government to address shortcomings that could undermine its "settled status" scheme.

The Home Office has done far more than any other EU member state has done for British citizens.

The Financial Times reports that that the EU lead negotiator, Michel Barnier, told MEPs on Tuesday that Brussels "will be particularly alert to EU citizens encountering difficulties in obtaining the new residence status".

The Home Office has already provided certainty to 2.5 million people who have been granted status through the EU Settlement Scheme.

The EUSS is free to apply to and there is plenty of support available. It provides a secure digital status which can’t be lost, stolen or tampered with.

A Home Office statement can be found in full below.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

We have done far more than any other EU member state has done for British citizens, and it’s time they adopted a similarly generous approach.

We have already provided certainty to 2.5 million people who have been granted status through the EU Settlement Scheme. It’s free, there’s plenty of support available and it provides a secure digital status which can’t be lost, stolen or tampered with.

Fire reform

The Financial Times, Telegraph, Times, Independent, Daily Mail and Sun report that fire and rescue services require sweeping reform following a report from the official inspector.

The Telegraph, Times, Daily Mail and Sun report that female firefighters are being bullied by colleagues and not treated with "enough humanity" in a “toxic culture” that is present in some fire services.

Minister for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service Kit Malthouse said:

We created an independent inspectorate for fire to shine a light on this critical public service and I am grateful to the sector for their engagement.

I am encouraged to see areas of strong performance, particularly in emergency response, but this report sends a clear message that significant reform is required.

The sector must now come together and work with Government to make the service more efficient and effective and drive forward much needed cultural change.

I would like to thank the Inspectorate for its thorough report, we will now consider carefully the findings and recommendations.

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