A Portuguese national interrupted a Sky News broadcast with an emotional plea about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on EU citizens.
The woman told news presented Alex Taylor she had worked in the country for 20 years but had been denied settled status by the Home Office.
The news channel had been filming outside the Houses of Parliament, where thousands were gathered in protest against Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament until just weeks before the Brexit deadline.
The woman was close to tears as she spoke about her fear of being ‘kicked out’ a country she has built her life in.
She said: ‘I work and I gave this country my youth. I’m very grateful for what you taught me but you must make me part of all this process. I can’t just be kicked out. I build things for you, I’ve looked after your children. I’ve looked after the elderly in this country. Now you kick me out with what? With what?’
She then gestured towards the Houses of Parliament, adding: ‘I am very very hurt by what they’ve done to England because I came here and I joined the working force and I’m very proud of it and I’m very angry at them for doing this to this country.’
Freedom of Movement is set to end immediately on October 31 in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The Home Office have advised EU nationals to apply for settled status by December 2020 – but many fear being left in ‘legal limbo’ come Halloween, when Britain is set to leave the EU.
The woman went onto say she had problems with her national insurance number and that she was going to have to reapply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
She said: ‘But the 31st of October is fast approaching. What am I going to do? How am I going to stay? What are my rights? I’m in the dark like many many people … I have loads of English friends and they would never do this to me. This unelected parliament did this to us.’
More than 1.4 million people have signed a petition against parliament being prorogued.
It means MPs have limited time to block a no-deal Brexit and has been blasted as an ‘attack on democracy’.
Last night European Union flags could be seen surrounding the Houses of Parliament while demonstrators waved signs with slogans including ‘defend democracy’ and ‘nobody voted for a dictatorship.
But Boris Johnson said it is ‘completely untrue’ that his move has anything to do preventing MPs from having enough time to block a no-deal Brexit before October 31
He says a new Queen’s speech will allow his new government to bring forward an ‘exciting agenda’ of new legislation.
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