A parliamentary watchdog has warned that the human rights of EU nationals in the UK must not be used as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations.
In an interim report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights, MPs have urged Theresa May to secure the status of the estimated 2.9 million people from the EU living in the UK. They have called for her to reach a separate preliminary agreement on the matter at the start of the negotiations.
They've also called for the Prime Minister to implement legislation to safeguard the rights of future EU migrants.
Committee chairwoman and Labour MP Harriet Harman said: "The Government mustn't use human rights as bargaining chips.
"They will continue to have obligations under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and could not deport the large numbers of EU nationals currently in the UK.
"In the unlikely and unwelcome event that the Government sought to deport EU nationals, there could be the potential for significant, expensive and lengthy litigation, leading to considerable legal uncertainty for a prolonged period of time.
"These cases would have the potential to clog up and overwhelm the court system."