In a celebratory Tweet, Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced the end of ‘free movement’.
‘We’re ending free movement to open Britain up to the world. It will ensure people can come to our country based on what they have to offer, not where they come from.’
Her Tweet is an insult to all EU citizens who came to Britain specifically to work and who offer so much to our country.
And that represents most of them.
Your Tweet, Ms Patel, demeans and diminishes them.
Those EU citizens came here because of what they could offer, and they offer so many skills that our country needs.
And yes, it was easier for them to come here because of where they are from. Because it makes sense – economically, environmentally and geographically – to have free movement between neighbouring countries.
Does ending free movement with Europe really ‘open Britain up to the world’?
You are not opening up Britain ‘to the world’. You are simply applying the same rules to EU citizens that have always applied to non-EU citizens.
You are putting up new barriers to Europe, whilst keeping the same old barriers to all other continents.
With your crass Tweet, you are saying to EU citizens:
‘We don’t like where you’re from, and we don’t appreciate what you offer.’
What a slap in the face to the hard-working EU citizens offering so much to hospitals and care homes in service to the country and our citizens, especially at this time, in the middle of a pandemic.
Without EU citizens working in all sectors, trades, professions and industries right across the UK, our country would be poorer and not nearly so enriched.
Do you really know what you are doing to Britain? Or understand the divisiveness of your words and actions?
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