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A refusal by the EU to separate the issue of Court of Justice jurisdiction from citizen’s immigration rights risks children being used as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiation talks. The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield has written to chief EU negotiator, Michel Barnier to urge the EU to act swiftly in securing the residency status of children.Article continues below...
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According to the Office for National Statistics, there are an estimated 588,000 children in England who are EU nationals—260,000 born in Britain—who do not currently know what rights they will have to remain in the UK after Britain leaves the EU.