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Mike has joined fellow parliamentarians to sponsor EDM 259 'Status of British Citizens Resident in the EU and EU Citizens Resident in the UK'

The full text of EDM reads: 

That this House recognises that there is anxiety amongst EU citizens currently residing in the UK and British citizens residing in the EU about their own and their families' situation following the result of the EU referendum; notes that the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens in the EU that are incorporated in the Treaty of European Union may no longer be applicable if the UK invokes Article 50 and leaves the European Union; celebrates the huge contribution that EU citizens are making to Britain and that British citizens abroad make to the member states of the European Union where they reside; congratulates British Future, New Europeans, Open Europe, the Institute of Directors, Migrant Voice, Migration Watch, Policy Exchange and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants in calling for a consensus in the issue of acquired residency rights in advance of the referendum; and calls on the Government to move swiftly to clarify the current position regarding the legal status of EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU in a situation where their Treaty-based rights are at risk of being no longer applicable, and to agree with the European Council the necessary safeguards and guarantees to protect the future status of these citizens, in order to remove uncertainty and allay their concerns.

Mike has also encouraged fellow MPs to lend their support to this motion. You can see which MPs have signed this motion by visiting: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/259

Mike co-sponsors Early Day Motion 259: 'Status of British Citizens Resident in the EU and EU Citizens Resident in the UK'

Mike has joined fellow parliamentarians to sponsor EDM 259 'Status of British Citizens Resident in the EU and EU Citizens Resident in the UK'

Watch Mike ask Prime Minister David Cameron a question during the parliamentary debate on the Report of the Iraq Inquiry 

Transcript --

Mike Gapes MP: I voted for the action in 2003. It was a difficult decision, but I do not apologise. I believe that we were right to remove the fascist regime of Saddam Hussein. The Prime Minister referred to what has happened in Libya and Syria. Can he speculate about what might have happened in Iraq if Saddam or Uday Hussein had been in power in 2011? Is it not likely that the Ba’athist fascists in Iraq would have killed more than the 500,000 dead Syrians and created more than the 11 million refugees who have fled their homes and been displaced in Syria?


PM David Cameron: The hon. Gentleman asks a question that it is impossible to answer. I can say only that just as there are consequences of intervention, there are consequences of non-intervention. We have discovered that with Syria, where there have been appalling numbers of deaths and displacements of people, along with the booming industry of terrorism. One could argue in many ways that that is the consequence of non-intervention rather than intervention, but I cannot answer his question.

Mike contributes to parliamentary debate on the Report of the Iraq Inquiry

Watch Mike ask Prime Minister David Cameron a question during the parliamentary debate on the Report of the Iraq Inquiry 

Mike speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live breakfast about the Chilcot Report


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