EU citizen confronts Theresa May telling her: 'I'm about to get deported'

Romanian passport holder approaches Prime Minister at exclusive summer party

Sunday 16 July 2017 12:26 BST
Prime Minister quickly replied: 'No you're not'
Prime Minister quickly replied: 'No you're not' (Nimrod Kamer / Twitter)

An EU citizen has confronted Theresa May at an exclusive party, saying: "I'm about to get deported."

Journalist Nimrod Kamer filmed himself approaching the Prime Minister and asking for a photograph with her at a summer event hosted by Spectator magazine.

Mr Kamer told Ms May: "I'm a Romanian passport holder. I'm about to get deported."

Ms May replied: "No you're not."

The Prime Minister has proposed that all three million EU citizens living in Britain will have to apply for inclusion on a "settled status" register if they wish to stay in the UK after Brexit.

When Mr Kamer said the deal was not the same as being protected under EU freedom of movement laws, the Prime Minister said: "It's very similar. The key difference is the European Court of Justice."

The journalist said he was still concerned, to which Spectator editor Fraser Nelson said: "It will be fine."

Under Ms May's proposals, EU nationals will have the same "indefinite leave to remain" in the UK as many non-European nationals who have lived in the UK for five years.

Yet critics have said the plans are too vague, with the EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier tweeting that "more ambition, clarity and guarantees" were needed.

EU residents will lose the right to bring a spouse to live in Britain unless they are earning £18,600 under the Government's plans.

Several other areas are uncertain, with healthcare and the rights of self-employed EU citizens still up for negotiation.

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