Saturday, 18 February 2017
Bargaining with people's lives: EU citizens in the UK, UK citizens in the EU
We must always remember that when a politician talks of a principle, he or she is talking of something for sale.
The Tory on Today programme said the rights of EU citizens in UK depends on the rights of UK citizens in EU! Yet in the referendum they talked of immigration with no reference to UK citizens in EU.
So there you have it. When they campaigned they said that immigration levels from the EU were intolerable. They hardly spoke of the fact that this was a reciprocal arrangement that many UK citizens benefited from or chose to use.
Now when it comes to the negotiation suddenly they threaten to use people as a bargaining chip. That's millions of people's lives to be affected.
(In discussing this, please don't put me in either the Brexit or Remain camp.I've explained elsewhere why I didn't vote.)