Jude gives final Brexit speech in the European Parliament

15 January 2020

Jude Kirton-Darling has today called on MEPs to “be brave and demand action” on better citizens’ rights protections before the Brexit deal is voted in Brussels at the end of the month.

In one of her final speeches as the Labour representative for the North East of England in the European Parliament, Jude Kirton-Darling said:

“We’ve consistently stated that guaranteeing citizens’ rights is a red-line for any Brexit deal. We know the outstanding problems - we must be brave and demand action before we vote on the deal.

“Most of these citizens, whether EU27 nationals in the UK or UK nationals in the rest of the EU for longer than 15 years, had no voice or vote in the decision that most acutely affects their lives.”

Jude was elected coordinator of the petitions committee for the Socialists & Democrats Group in September, and had been a member of the committee in her previous mandate. In this capacity she helped advance numerous petitions on citizens’ rights after Brexit, and held hearings to raise awareness of the issue. In her final speech, she added:

“In the Petitions Committee we’ve heard the voices of citizens from across Europe desperate about what will happen to their rights, their lives, their jobs, their families.

“They are the children of this great continental peace project - taking up the dreams of the original founders of these institutions and building lives based on the common rights we share. We have above all a moral duty towards those who had no vote and are being further disenfranchised.”

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