(CNN)A Portuguese woman interrupted a live Sky News interview to deliver an emotional speech about the uncertainty facing EU citizens after Brexit, in a moment that has resonated widely on social media.
The woman, who didn’t give her name, said she’d lived and worked in the UK for 20 years and had joined a protest in Westminster against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament because she felt she had “no voice.”
A Portuguese national interrupted an interview to speak passionately to Sky News during protests against prorogation, saying she had "given her youth" to the UKFor more on this story, head here: https://t.co/Bw9GJrZl0b pic.twitter.com/sFCZ1cnvrO
— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 28, 2019 “I work and I gave this country my youth,” the woman told the reporter. “I’m very grateful for what you taught me but you must make me part of all this process. I can’t just be kicked out. I build things for you, I’ve looked after your children. I’ve looked after the elderly in this country. Now you kick me out with what? With what?”She went on to say that the settlement program for EU nationals applying to live in the UK after Brexit “is not working” and that the Home Office rejected her application due to issues with her National Insurance number. “Now they’re saying that I have to start the whole process again, but the 31st of October is fast approaching.””What am I going to do? How am I going to stay? What are my rights? I’m in the dark like many, many people… I have loads of English friends and they would never do this to me. This unelected parliament did this to us.”Read MoreEU citizens living in the UK can apply to the EU settlement program, which also applies for citizens of Switzerland and the European Economic Area. If the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement, the deadline to apply will be June 30, 2021. But in the event of a no-deal Brexit the deadline will be December 31, 2020. The video was reposted on Twitter, where it gathered hundreds of thousands of likes and retweets.
Wow. You have to watch this, it just happened live on #SkyNewsA Portuguese woman, in GB for 20 yrs, papers refused…"I gave this country my youth – I looked after your children, your elderly. You must make me part of this process, I have no voice. You can't just kick me out." pic.twitter.com/hixGCEkm6X
— Alex Taylor (@AlexTaylorNews) August 28, 2019 Successful applicants to the settlement program will be able “to work in the UK, use the NHS, enroll in education or continue studying, access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them, and travel in and out of the UK,” according to the government’s website.But many EU citizens have experienced problems when applying for the program. The application can currently only be made on Android smartphones — the iPhone version of the app will be available later this year, according to the Home Office, when it will also be possible to apply by post or by going to dedicated document-scanning centers.