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‘Being a British citizen is not a right’: Romford MP Andrew Rosindell talks Brexit on the BBC

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 August 2017

The Conservative Party candidates for Havering. Andrew Rosindell ( Romford )

The Conservative Party candidates for Havering. Andrew Rosindell ( Romford )

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Romford MP Andrew Rosindell discussed his views on the ongoing Brexit negotiations in an interview with the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire on Thursday.

Mr Rosindell attempted to reassure viewers that the government is attempting to secure the status of EU citizens living in the UK and that of UK nationals in EU member states at the earliest opportunity, but did not hold back.

The Romford MP, who has held office since 2001, said: “Being a British citizen is not a right - you have to earn that right.

“Everyone goes through a process if they want to become a citizen. There are anomalies in the system, and if people feel aggrieved, they can re-apply.

“My advice in this case is to appeal or re-apply. These things can all be resolved. It’s not about Brexit, but going through a process to attain the status you require.”

And when he was pressed on the idea of the government creating a new “settled” status to reassure immigrants in a post-Brexit UK, Mr Rosindell was also clear.

“I understand the importance of Britain controlling the numbers of people coming into our country,” he said.

“Free movement will end in 2019, and the government is quite sensibly putting in a new mechanism.

“No one needs to worry - after we leave the EU there will be a new system for people who want to come in.

“Negotiations with the EU are taking place now, but the EU has ignored Theresa May’s offer for reciprocal rights for UK and EU citizens.”

The MP also stressed that any offer that was made had to be reciprocal to ensure that the fairest solution was reached.

“They should tell Brussels to stop playing with people’s lives,” he concluded.

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