Kyle – May taking “extreme and counter-productive” position on EU citizens

The Prime Minister has told journalists on a trip to China she intends to oppose the EU’s transition proposals on residency rights of EU citizens who come to the UK in any transition period.

Commenting, Peter Kyle MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:

“EU citizens who come here to work and make an enormous contribution to our country, including in our public services and our NHS, should be welcomed and valued rather than turned away.

“For thousands of British businesses that depend on being able to recruit staff from across the EU, the Prime Minister’s latest comments will only increase the uncertainty created by Brexit. 

“The Government says it values EU citizens who want to live in the UK, then tells them they’re not wanted. The Government tells businesses they want stability and continuity, then tells them their ability to recruit the staff they need will be hampered. Our economy must not be sacrificed on the altar of an extreme and counter-productive attitude towards immigration. If that’s what Brexit means, then everyone is entitled to keep an open mind about whether it’s the right path for the country.”