Craig Williams MP Support EU Nationals Right to Remain
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We are dismayed that Craig Williams MP (Conservative, Cardiff North) voted against EU nationals having the right to stay, the only Cardiff MP to do so.
We ask Mr Williams to reconsider his position and vote in support of the right to remain when the issue returns to parliament on March 13.
Over many years, people have come to the UK and made our home their home. People have come to work, started families, married British citizens and enriched our society. Now three million people in Britain fear an uncertain future.
During the referendum campaign the Leave side was adamant that their right to stay would be unaffected. On both sides, across the political spectrum it was agreed that any idea of “repatriation” was out of the question, the consensus was overwhelming.
But now Theresa May has decided that the fate of EU citizens in the UK is an open question. This despite opinion polls showing overwhelming support for their right to stay: including 77% of Leave voters, 85% of Tories and 78% of Ukip supporters.
People cannot have their lives on hold. Shockingly, those who married a British citizen or have children are being put through the agony and anxiety of conemplating possible family break-up. Many in a state of panic are applying for UK residency. The thought that people's status could suddenly change overnight is causing immense stress. All this is unncessary.
People are not bargaining chips. Honouring the commitment to protect the status of EU citizens now is the strongest position to seek identical protection for the rights of UK nationals living and working in EU countries. To do otherwise is immoral and fuels racism.
We are campaigning to preserve rights so we can replace anxiety and fear with security and hope.
Whichever way people voted in the referendum, everyone can unite on this: EU nationals have a right to remain here.
Craig Williams please vote for a better more secure future on March 13.
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