EU nationals are still worried

Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the TUC
Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the TUC

The stories shared by New Europeans founder Roger Casale (Letters, 8 November) are a powerful reminder of the anxiety people are suffering from the Government’s “human poker” approach to Brexit negotiations.

These are people who work with us, provide vital services, and contribute to our economy and community.

EU citizens in the UK – and UK citizens elsewhere in the EU – must have the right to remain. It should be given by Britain unilaterally, and without being subject to the Brexit settlement. I am particularly concerned that the scary prospect of a “no deal” Brexit, with no right to remain, has been put forward by politicians who must know better.

The Government has proved itself incapable of treating people with human dignity in the Brexit negotiations. It is time for a new approach.

The Prime Minister should bring together a “Team UK” negotiating team that genuinely represents all of the country. It would provide a seat for every UK nation at the table, all the main parties, as well as business and unions. 

That way we could finally do what should have been done from the start: give our friends, neighbours and co-workers a unilateral guarantee of their right to remain. And we could get on with the realities of the negotiation – protecting jobs, investment and workers’ rights. 


Frances O’Grady, general secretary, Trades Union Congress

Reproduced with kind permission:

The Independent



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