Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the rights of citizens would be safe no matter what happened in talks with Brussels.
He told MPs today that it was his "first priority" to look after the EU citizens in the UK, and the UK citizens in the EU.
Opening the second day of debate on Theresa May's Brexit agreement, he confirmed that no matter what the outcome was next week, EU citizens would be able to stay and apply to remain here indefinitely.
Mr Javid said this afternoon: "My message on this has been very clear. EU citizens make a huge contribution to our way of life. they are our friends, our colleagues and our neighbours and we want and need them to stay, regardless of whether there is a deal or no deal."
He went on: "I can confirm that even in the event of no deal, citizens and their families living in the EU before we leave will be able to apply to the EU settlement scheme and stay."
More details on this will be revealed shortly, he said.
But there was less certainty on what would happen for UK citizens in the event of No Deal – because that's down to the other 27 countries and we can't guarantee it.
Mr Javid said he wanted to make sure that people could still come to Britain from around the world after Brexit – to study and work.
He accepted the deal was not "perfect in every sense" but it was the "best option available for a smooth exit".
It would allow the UK to continue to work with Brussels on cross-border investigations, and continue to use Europol and Eurojust systems, he said.
A No Deal Brexit would have an impact on protecting the public, he claimed.
But last week a whole whole of top experts came together to slam the deal in The Sun- saying it would be a THREAT to Western security.
Ex-MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove and Falklands War vet Maj Gen Julian Thompson warned in a letter that the deal puts at risk The Five Eyes alliance with the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Ministers have repeatedly delayed releasing the immigration white paper on what our post-Brexit system will look like.
He told MPs that it was his intention to publish it by the end of the year.
As The Sun revealed earlier this week, Mr Javid is embroiled in a row with the PM over when to restrict the flow of low-skilled workers after we leave.
But he also hinted that the new system will "take a careful look at salary levels" amid concerns many much-needed teachers and doctors could be shut out of Britain once we leave.
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