British landlords back cards for EU citizens to prove post-Brexit status

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Private landlords have backed calls for the government to issue a physical cards to EU citizens to prove they have the right to be in the country post Brexit.

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has previously cautioned that EU citizens risk discrimination if they do not have a card showing their status when looking to rent properties.

The group, in a joint statement with the EU citizens campaign group the3million and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), said: “MPs should back what is a pragmatic and common sense proposal. It should not be controversial that EU citizens who have played such a positive role to the life of the UK should be able to easily prove their rights with a physical document.

“A digital-only status will massively disadvantage EU citizens against British nationals with a passport, and anyone else who can quickly and conveniently prove their status with a simple official document.”

Last year the RLA pointed out that some landlords may not know what countries are in the EU and would not go to the trouble of checking an EU citizens’ status online as the government requires.

The House of Commons will be asked to vote on an amendment to the Brexit bill passed in the House of Lords that calls for a physical card to be issued.

The government rejected the idea outright on Monday after the defeat in the Lords claiming a digital record was the most secure.

Read more via The Guardian/RLA

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