‘I totally accept the need to offer assurances to those EU
citizens who already reside in this country. They should not be used as a
bargaining chip in the negotiations.
‘Throughout the course of the debate on Article 50, the
Government gave several undertakings on this front. The Prime Minister likewise
wants to move quickly to a decision linked to the safeguarding of British
citizens living in the EU. MPs have been assured that we will be given another
chance down the line to scrutinise the Government’s decisions, and vote on
‘But an overriding concern yesterday was to ensure the
Article 50 bill left the Commons without any amendments. Had those MPs who
oppose Brexit managed to amend the Bill in the Commons, this would have given
the Lords grounds to mess up further the result of the referendum.
‘I will, of course, keep a close eye on this matter as the
negotiations get underway, and will also encourage the Government to guarantee
the rights of those EU citizens who already reside in this country.’