Prime Minister Theresa May has conceded several aspects of her Brexit plan following a disastrous vote from MPs last week.
The original Brexit plan saw roughly 3 million EU nationals currently living in the UK forced to apply to remain as a UK citizen, with a £65 application fee for each national wanting to remain in the country.
A successful application was to be regarded as having “settled status” as a citizen in the UK, which gives the right to a free education, and access to the NHS.
Earlier this week, a pilot scheme was introduced where nationals could apply via their smartphones to have the same rights as UK citizens when the country leaves the EU, with the £65 fee still being a requirement.
Since the Commons vote, Theresa May has since announced that all applicants for settled status will have this £65 application fee reimbursed, both since the release of the pilot scheme last week and for any future applications to remain in the UK for the foreseeable future.
May also announced in her speech to the House of Commons a promise to involve the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales a greater say.
Jeremy Corbyn, however, dismissed May’s promise for talks as a “PR sham” and that the PM must change her “red lines” of the deal, instead of small aspects of it such as the application fees.
A number of Labour MPs, such as Debbi Abrahams, put forward the possibility of using citizens assemblies to come up with a second plan on Brexit instead of deciding one through committees by established MPs.
Corbyn also called out the Prime Minister on her willingness to be flexible, as many previous committees on the Brexit deal were met with little flexibility from the government. However, the Opposition leader did voice his support for the concessions over the waiving of the £65 application fee for EU nationals.
Theresa May also strengthened her belief that her deal was the only way forward for the United Kingdom, however Corbyn also refuted this by mentioning the commitments of the European Council to be open to any revisions made by the UK Government on the deal.
As a final point of the opposition’s speech, the Labour leader also called for Theresa May to confirm that she would accept ruling out a no-deal Brexit if MPs successfully voted on an amendment make by Labour next week.