To mark Europe Day, the Liberal Democrats are renewing calls on the Government to honour the contribution of foreign nationals working in the NHS during the Covid-19 crisis by granting them and their families indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
The proposals represent a significant step beyond the Government’s current offer. The campaign has secured support from across the political spectrum, including Labour, Conservative, SNP, Green, Alliance and the Liberal Democrats.
Europe Day is held on 9 May every year to celebrate peace and unity across Europe. The EU is marking the day this year by paying tribute to the many Europeans who are helping to defeat the coronavirus crisis.
Liberal Democrat Acting Leader Ed Davey said:
"Europe Day is a reminder of the value of international cooperation. Standing shoulder to shoulder with our European neighbours has never been more important.
"Only by working internationally can we effectively combat international challenges - whether it's Covid-19 or climate change.
"Today is also an opportunity to recognise the contributions EU citizens living in the UK make to our society. And to thank these friends, colleagues, neighbours, and family members who enrich our lives every day.
"During this coronavirus crisis the contribution of migrants, including those from the EU, has been immense and crucial. On Europe Day 2020, we therefore give our heartfelt thanks to those in our NHS and care sector, those working to ensure we all have access to food, and those filling other essential roles.
“We cannot thank the people on the frontline enough for going above and beyond to look after us all. None of these people should face being kicked out of the UK by the Home Office after the service they have provided. Liberal Democrats will continue to call on the government to grant these heroes automatic indefinite leave to remain."