Brexit supporter and environment secretary Michael Gove has on Tuesday pledged to provide free citizenship of the United Kingdom (UK) to three million EU nationals if he gets elected as the prime minister after Brexit.
A Tory rival, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, promised a “listening exercise” on Brexit.
10 Conservative members of parliament (MPs) have stated they will run in a race for the party leadership.
Sources close to Gove have told BBC News that the minister is ready to accept the proposals which were put forward by Alberto Costa, the Conservative Party MP.
If the votes turn out to favour Gove and make him the next Tory leader, it was said he would dimish requirement of the EU citizens in order to provide proof of their right to be in the UK, getting rid of the “settled status” scheme.
A source close to the environment secretary said: “This is simply the right thing to do – honouring the promise of Vote Leave that EU nationals studying, working and living in the UK were welcome to stay.”
The other declared candidates to replace Mrs May are:
- Home Secretary Sajid Javid
- Health Secretary Matt Hancock
- Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt
- Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
- Former Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom
- Former Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey
- Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab