North East Labour MEPs Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen have condemned the Tory government’s approach to post-Brexit immigration, as it will divide families and leave our region with a big skills gap.
Their comments come after receiving letters from both EU and UK constituents worried about their future and asking for their rights and those of their families to be guaranteed.
The Home Office document leaked to the press shows Theresa May’s hard Brexit approach by significantly curbing EU migration at the expense of thousands of families, as well as our regional economy. The paper lays out plans to allow only highly skilled workers in the UK and for a limited period, and make it difficult for EU citizens who have settled here to bring their families into the UK.
Both Labour MEPs for the North East of England have criticized the unreasonable proposals made by the government.
Paul Brannen MEP said: “We have called on the government countless times to make citizens’ rights its main priority over the course of negotiations in
Brussels this summer, and we continue to do so. Instead of providing reassurance, they have managed to create more uncertainty and make millions of people feel like the rug is being pulled from under their feet.
“Constituents who have written to us are afraid of what’s to come, worried for their families and their careers. And this leaked document proves that their concerns are well founded.
“If this is what the Tory government has managed to cobble together in over a year since the referendum vote, I’m increasingly worried about what awaits us when official decisions are actually made.”
Jude Kirton-Darling MEP added: “Whilst the leaked document may well be a draft, it shows that Theresa May is committed to her hard Brexit line and to overburdening people who have come to the UK in good faith.
“These are the same people who have helped to fill vital NHS jobs and who continue to help our North East economy prosper. They are our family, friends and neighbours and contribute enormously in our communities. We simply must be able to offer them a better deal than this, one that in turn would be reciprocated by the EU for the millions of UK citizens who have built their lives in the 27 Member States.”
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