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James Flanagan on EU citizens right to stay

March 12, 2017 1:59 PM

Europe Day of Action March 2017

Our European action day, where we continued to campaign for EU citizens rights

The Government urgently needs to rein in its attempts to use the thousands of EU citizens living across the UK as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations.

People from the EU make a huge contribution to our local economy and society. Recent figures have shown that EU citizens across Kent, Surrey and Sussex include over 800 doctors and 5,500 nurses. Across the South East, over 8,000 EU nationals work in social care.

Our local NHS and care services in Kent would struggle to cope if these people left as they no longer felt welcome. The stark truth is you can't have a hard Brexit and a strong NHS.

This week, Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords voted to guarantee the right of EU citizens to remain in the UK. This gives Theresa May a chance to reconsider her stance.

The ball is now in the court of MPs to do the right thing. We must secure the future of the millions of people currently held in limbo by the Government and stand up for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.