There is real and understandable anxiety among the 3 million EU citizens who live in Britain about what the Leave vote in the EU referendum means for them.
We believe the best response to this would be an unequivocal statement – from the Government, politicians of all parties and from the British people – that this is their home and they continue to be welcome here.
The Government should make clear that its policy will be to protect the rights of EU citizens living and working in the UK and to seek reciprocal arrangements for UK citizens in other EU countries.
Many voters are not sure about the implications of this referendum result for EU migrants currently in Britain, or for the 1.2 million British citizens living elsewhere in the EU. A significant number of British businesses would also be disadvantaged by retrospective changes to their existing workforce.
The vote to Leave the EU means we will have some big debates about immigration and free movement. But these debates should be about future immigration policy – not the millions of EU citizens living in the UK as our workmates, our neighbours and our friends.
Both current EU migrants in Britain and British migrants living in other EU countries should be able to continue to live and work in those countries.
We believe there are principled, practical and legal reasons why this would be the most sensible and decent approach now that Britain has voted to Leave the EU.