If every European Union national walked out of London overnight, the city would be decimated by dawn. They make up more than a 10th of the city’s population, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, although the number may have dropped since the referendum. The common waking nightmare is that they won’t have a choice about leaving. The drawn out issue of “settled status” — the right of EU citizens to remain in the UK — should have begun to be resolved last Monday. The Home Office launched an app to offer some certainty to EU citizens about their post-Brexit future in the United Kingdom. But it was botched — the app only worked on Android phones, precluding those with iPhones or older models from using it. This follows more bungles. Until a recent government U-turn, applicants were going to have to pay £65 a head to apply for settled status. It’s all added up to three years of stress, distress and alienation for citizens from the EU’s other 27 member states who live and work in the capital. We asked them, does London still feel like home? Austria Sigrid Kramer, 39, petrophysicist I’ve heard comments… Read full this story
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