European temporary leave to remain

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2019
Reference: 
2019/3887
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What impact will the new European temporary leave to remain have on the number of EU citizens looking to reside in London?

Answer

European temporary leave to remain

European temporary leave to remain

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am opposed to the Government’s plan to end freedom of movement through the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination Bill. London has seen a sharp fall in levels of immigration since the EU referendum, alongside more long-term migrants leaving the capital. In a no deal, European Economic Area citizens would only be able to live and work in the UK for an interim period through an application for European Temporary Leave to Remain. 70 per cent of Londoners say they are concerned about the impact of skilled workers leaving the capital after Brexit. I have repeatedly called on the Government to prioritise jobs, growth and future prosperity over politically driven policies to reduce immigration.