Layla Moran MP has called on the Government to accept “common sense amendments” made by the House of Lords to the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill, ahead of votes in the Commons tonight.
The Government was defeated in the upper house multiple times on the Bill, including on amendments tabled by the Lib Dems to protect the rights of British nationals living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK. Layla also said it was “the right and compassionate thing to do” to keep Lord Dubs’ amendment to maintain refugee family reunion rights and ensure a legal route to sanctuary in the UK for unaccompanied child refugees in Europe.
Speaking ahead of votes tonight, Layla said: "This is about what sort of country we want the UK to be post-Brexit. Do we want to be compassionate and caring, or do we want a harsh immigration system that refuses to even give UK citizens protected rights to live and work in the EU?
“The Government must accept the common sense amendments added to the Bill by the House of Lords, including by the Lib Dems. We must maintain the right to reunion for refugee families and provide a safe haven for unaccompanied child refugees.
“It’s the right and compassionate thing to do, and I know a great number of my constituents will be incredibly disheartened if the Government fails to support these amendments. I’ll be voting to keep them in the Bill.”