Brexit is one big double-standard

Jon Danzig |

Brexit has two-faced double-standards and nobody knows what or who to believe.

On the one hand, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, says that three million EU migrants in the UK are too many; they take our jobs, they cause a burden to our housing and hospitals; they have zero value.

On the other hand, she said in an open letter to all EU migrants that we need you all; we’ll be poorer without you; please don’t go.

Yesterday, Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, said that the government was “committed” to reducing the numbers of EU migrants, despite Theresa May’s Christmas letter to them all saying the country would be poorer without them.

Ms Rudd told MPs:

“I’m still focused on making sure we reduce net migration to sustainable levels.”

But in an open letter in December to all EU migrants in the UK, Theresa May wrote:

“I greatly value the depth of the contributions you make – enriching every part of our economy, our society, our culture and our national life. I know our country would be poorer if you left and I want you to stay.”

So, what do you believe? That too many EU migrants have been coming to the country, or that we need them all and we want them to stay?

No wonder the country is confused. Brexit means forked-tongue nonsense.

Mrs May previously said that Britain has too many EU migrants, and we need to bring numbers down to a trickle.

But if that had happened, we wouldn’t now have the three million EU migrants that she recently said the country can’t do without.

Many people believed Mrs May when she said Britain has too many EU migrants.

Many voted for Leave for that very reason. They voted so we would have fewer migrants.

They voted because Mrs May said she’d bring the numbers down.

But then just three months ago, Mrs May said we needed all the numbers of EU migrants that are here.

There weren’t too many after all. The country will be poorer without them.

Does Mrs May and her Brexit government really know what they’re doing?

They’re messing with people’s heads; and their hearts, and their lives.

If Mrs May sincerely thinks that all the hard-working, upstanding, law-abiding, tax-paying EU migrants in the UK are needed and wanted, why didn’t she say so before the EU referendum?

Instead, at the Tory conference immediately prior to the referendum, she said the current numbers of EU migrants in the UK are of zero value. Yes, she did.

As Home Secretary, in her speech to the Tory Party faithful in October 2015 she said, “ best the net economic and fiscal effect of high immigration is close to zero.”

High immigration to her then represented the three million EU migrants in the UK.

The front-page headline in the Telegraph the next day was her mantra that migration is “harming society”, causing ‘thousands of British people to be forced out of their jobs.’

She said then that, “when immigration is too high, when the pace of change is too fast, it’s impossible to build a cohesive society.”

She added:

“It’s difficult for schools and hospitals and core infrastructure like housing and transport to cope. And we know that for people in low-paid jobs, wages are forced down even further while some people are forced out of work altogether.”

She blamed too many foreign students (how can she possibly call students migrants?) and too many EU migrants.

She said, “The numbers coming from Europe are unsustainable and the rules have to change.”

She quoted her party’s manifesto, ‘we must work to control immigration and put Britain first’.

But just this last Christmas Mrs May said,

“As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, I am proud that more than three million EU citizens have chosen to make your homes and livelihoods here in our country.”

She add, “I know our country would be poorer if you left and I want you to stay”.

Oh, so now those three million EU migrants are welcome here, when Mrs May previously made clear that she didn’t want them here (at least not in those numbers).

Mrs May said at Christmas that she is proud that those three million EU migrants made their homes and livelihoods in our country

But she previously said they were stealing our jobs and putting pressure on our schools, hospitals, homes and wages.

Does Mrs May and her cabinet really understand what is true and untrue?

The fact is that Mrs May, her government, and her Brexit are entirely two-faced.

Brexit involves double standards. Is that really what Britain voted for on one summer’s day in June 2016?



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