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We can imagine what proper guarantees to EU citizens would look like—and it is not like this

The answer is not just legal protections themselves but a cultural change inside government

By Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos  

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

The final hurdles Boris Johnson’s government had to overcome to clear the path to a pre-Christmas election were opposition amendments seeking to give EU citizens with “settled status” (as well as 16 and 17-year-olds) the right to vote. The symbolism will not have been lost on the more than three million EU citizens living in the UK who were not only disenfranchised in the EU referendum, but were also—quite disgracefully—treated as “bargaining chips” in the ensuing…

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