We don’t know how many EU migrants are in Britain, says top Tory minister

A SHOCKING confession by a top Tory minister reveals officials have no way of finding out how many EU nationals are currently living in Britain.

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Robert Goodwil said it was not feasible to know how many EU migrants are in Britain

Theresa May refused to give a guarantee that Britain would allow EU citizens already in the UK to remain after Brexit, bit it has emerged she may not have a choice.

Robert Goodwill, Minister of State for Immigration, accused the Prime Minister of turning the 2.1million foreign nationals into “bargaining chips” after she said Britain should get promises from other EU nations that UK citizens would be granted the right to stay abroad before she made the same commitment here.

Although Mrs May said EU nationals would get protection, she refused to give a solid promise they could continue to live and work in Britain, but Mr Goodwill has rubbished her remarks.

He was asked by Labour MP Chuka Umunna during a grilling by the Home Affairs Select Committee in Parliament if he was “in a position to identify and therefore remove every EU citizen in this country”.

Mr Goodwill initially brushed off the question, saying: “I can’t see a situation where we’d even think about that.”

However, when asked again, he admitted: “No, we are not in the position.

“And I can’t foresee a circumstance where we would want to be in that position.”

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Labour MP Chuka Umunna grilled Goodwill on EU immigration

Mr Umunna shot back: “So what on earth is the point in holding out the hope that somehow you could not guarantee them the right to stay here?

“If you can’t identify all the EU nationals in our country and therefore be in a position to remove them, what on earth is the point carrying on with this pretence that somehow, if you weren’t to guarantee them the right to stay, you could get rid of them.

“You’ve just told us you can’t!”

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Theresa May refused to guarantee the continued UK residence of thousands of EU migrants

In an apparent contradiction to Mrs May’s comments, Mr Goodwill said: “We’ve made it clear that we wish to protect the status of EU nationals living here in the UK.”

The minister also committed to building a large-scale wall at Calais to prevent migrants coming into Britain.

Speaking about the 13ft, mile-long wall, Mr Goodwill said: “The security that we are putting in at the port is being stepped up with better equipment.

“We are going to start building this big new wall very soon. We’ve done the fence, now we are doing a wall.”

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