Chartered Institute of Linguists’ Appeal to Prime Minister
Ahead of today’s first House of Lords debate on the Brexit Bill, the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) appealed to the Prime Minister to put an immediate end to the uncertain status of 3.3 million EU citizens living and working in the UK.
The government has stated that it would like to offer the 3 million EU citizens settled in the UK before the referendum the right to remain (The Guardian, 16 January 2017), however, this appears to be linked to obtaining reciprocal rights for 1.2 million British people currently resident in the EU countries.
According to the UK Language Services Market Report 2015, around 85% of modern foreign language teaching assistants in UK schools, and one-third of public service interpreters, are EU nationals. Many EU linguists have established language service companies making a significant contribution to the UK’s £1 billion language industry.