Every person who received the letter was told he / she had a month to leave and warned she was “liable to be detained”. A Home Office spokesperson said the department is “urgently looking into why this happened” and they “are contacting everyone who received this letter to clarify that they can disregard it.” Prime Minister Theresa May said it was an “unfortunate error”, adding: “I want to assure EU nationals here in the UK that their rights and status in the UK have not changed.”
The Home Office in the U.K.
For a hundred people this was a sad experience. Even with excuses, a very important aspect remained unclarified: why this was possible if the Brexit discussions between the UK and the EU pointed to an acceptable solution for the both parts ? One of the recipients of the deportation letter, the Finnish academic Eva Johanna Holmberg, declared that ordeal has made her “even less likely to trust anything Amber Rudd, Theresa May, or David Davis says to calm us EU nationals down”. MP Yvette Cooper, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said the group of MPs would be investigating the “disgraceful” matter when Parliament returns, suggesting Home Secretary Amber Rudd could eventually be asked to appear before them.