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Brexit 'won't break up the families of EU nationals'

By Gavin Cordon

EU nationals living in the UK will not see their families broken up as a result of Brexit, Theresa May has said.

Setting out her detailed plans for protecting rights of EU nationals once Britain is out of the bloc, the Prime Minister said they would continue to be able to bring dependent family members to join them.

"No families will be split up. Family dependants who join a qualifying EU citizen here before the UK's exit will be able to apply for settled status after five years," she told MPs in a Commons statement.

"After the UK has left the European Union, EU citizens with settled status will be able to bring family members from overseas on the same terms as British nationals."

A government paper outlines how EU nationals with five years' continuous residence in the UK would be able to apply for "settled status", effectively granting them indefinite leave to remain.

"They will be treated as if they were UK citizens for healthcare, benefits and pensions," Mrs May told the House.

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