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EU residents supported by CBI and TUC

October 2, 2017 8:33 AM
Newbury resident, Lara Onor, with Judith Bunting and Catherine Bearder MEP.

Newbury resident, Lara Onor, who was born in Italy, speaking with Parliamentary Candidate, Judith Bunting, and Catherine Bearder MEP during the recent general election campaign.

Liberal Democrats expressed astonishment, recently, following the publication of a joint statement by the CBI and TUC condemning the government for playing "human poker" with 4m UK and EU citizens, by failing to agree a right to remain.

Since the Brexit Referendum, a number of local residents with roots in mainland Europe have come forward to the local Liberal Democrat team in Newbury and West Berkshire to ask for advice and talk about their deep concern. Local Lib Dem Campaign Manager and member of the independent campaign group, West Berkshire Stronger Together, Sarah Lowes, said:

"It is nothing short of shameful that EU nationals living in West Berkshire have not yet been given reassurances about their future in this country. Having lived in our communities and contributed to our local economy, they have the right to remain here. Using EU nationals as pawns in the Brexit negotiations causes unnecessary stress and anxiety to them and marks our Tory government out as callous and uncaring."

In parliament, Brexit spokesperson, Tom Brake MP, said:

"Theresa May has pulled off what seemed the impossible: uniting the CBI and the TUC against her disastrous extreme Brexit strategy. Both organisations recognise the economic illiteracy and cruelty of making crucial workers feel so unwelcome that they leave, without any serious attempt to train more British workers to fill the massive void.

"If it were not so sad it would be comical that 15 months on this incompetent government has not managed to ensure that EU workers can remain here, and as a result, British people living in mainland Europe are also still awaiting guarantees about their futures."

"This should have been the easiest part of the Brexit negotiation as it is in the interests of both sides to strike a deal. That ministers are incapable of doing so is a very worrying sign of just how badly Brexit is going."