The Labour Party has won a vote in Parliament calling on the Government to allow EU citizens currently living in the UK permission to remain.

The trouble is, as this was an Opposition Day debate, most of the Conservative Party didn’t bother to turn up and vote.

I’m told five did – including Boris Johnson – and most, if not all, of them supported the Labour Party motion.

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One cannot help but wonder whether the claim that the government “cannot now retreat on this” was made more in hope than expectation – but let’s hope for the best, eh?

If the Tories do allow EU citizens, residing lawfully in the UK prior to the EU Referendum, the right to stay and explicitly rule out their use as ‘bargaining chips’, Mr Burnham will be able to claim it as another victory for Labour, of course.

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