The House of Lords has backed calls for EU citizens to receive physical proof of their right to remain in the UK after Brexit, a demand of campaign groups concerned by those who may be left behind when it comes to accessing resources online.
Activist group The3million, a 2020 Big Issue Changemaker, has been lobbying peers for months through their Denied My Back Up campaign to allow EEA citizens living in the UK to request a physical document proving their right to remain.
The3million co-founder Maike Bohn said: “We urge the government to try and walk in the shoes of those fleeing domestic violence, of people with no or limited access to the internet and electronic devices, of those seeking employment and housing.
“This compassionate, sensible and non-political amendment asks for a minor change that would hugely benefit the elderly, vulnerable and those who lack IT literacy.”
The campaign from The3million, supported by The Big Issue, triggered a vote on the amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill in the House of Lords on Tuesday night. A majority of 106 peers backed the proposal, meaning it moves to the House of Commons for a vote from MPs.
????Your voice is heard, our campaign works!
Yesterday we got a step closer to physical backup of the digital immigration status for EU citizens
The House of Lords overwhelmingly voted for an amendment that would provide physical document proof.
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— the3million (@the3million) October 6, 2020