The Government is set to move to allow EU workers to remain in Britain, with the Prime Minister saying the move would help bring economic recovery.
Theresa May will today announce that the UK will open its doors to a wider range of EU workers and they will be able to remain after Brexit if they are in the UK for at least two years.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Prime Minster of breaking her pledge to protect EU workers from the Brexit impact of Brexit.
“We know that EU workers have suffered in Britain and we know that the Government is not in a position to make this right,” he said.
But he added that the EU will have a role to play, if necessary.
Speaking on Sky News, he said the government would be looking at whether the UK could take in EU citizens who were already living in the country after Brexit.
“What we will be looking to do is to look at whether we can take in those people that have already come in,” he told Sky News.
In recent weeks, ministers have been debating whether they should extend the right to stay to EU citizens from outside the bloc.
Under current rules, EU citizens are required to prove that they were living in Britain for at most two years and that they have been living in that country for at the end of the two-year period.
However, Mr Corbyn has raised the prospect that the current law could be extended to allow such workers to continue to live and work in the EU.
“It is clear that many of these people that are coming into the country in such a hurry and so desperate to get in have come in a year late, that they haven’t paid tax,” he added.
Earlier this week, Labour accused the government of failing to secure sufficient funding for EU nationals in the wake of the Brexit vote.
It said the Government was also failing to offer an alternative to allow them to remain.
Last month, the Government said it had secured a £500m deal with the EU to relocate UK workers to other member states after Brexit, and that a further £1bn would be offered to the continent to help boost jobs.
A spokeswoman for the Department for International Trade said the funding deal was being looked at.
What are the EU’s restrictions on EU nationals working in the United Kingdom?
EU nationals are only allowed to work in a single EU country for a period of 12 months and to work for a company based in another EU country, or for a trade body.
The UK has no statutory system for determining when EU nationals can work in Britain.