The bishops of England and Wales have issued guidance for the forthcoming general election, urging Catholics to question candidates on issues including Brexit, family policy and migration.

In a letter to be distributed to parishes this weekend, the bishops say the election will determine “to a great extent” the approach taken to leaving the European Union as well as “the values we wish to treasure as our own in the UK and as partners with countries around the world”.

The letter then gives a list of specific questions which Catholics could put to parliamentary candidates.

At the top of the list are questions on Brexit, with the bishops emphasising that EU citizens living in Britain and British citizens living elsewhere in the EU face an “uncertain future”.

“Where do your candidates stand on the future of EU citizens in the UK and reciprocal rights for UK citizens in the EU?” the bishops ask.

They also urge Catholics to quiz their candidates on family and life issues, particularly in upholding the last parliament’s decision to stop the legalisation of assisted suicide.

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