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TUC-CBI joint statement - Lib Dem response

September 28, 2017 8:55 PM

Following publication of a joint statement by the CBI and TUC condemning the government for playing "human poker" with 4m UK and EU citizens by failing to agree a right to remain, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake MP said:

"Theresa May has pulled off what seemed the impossible: uniting the CBI and the TUC against her disastrous extreme Brexit strategy. Both organisations recognise the economic illiteracy and cruelty of making crucial workers feel so unwelcome that they leave, without any serious attempt to train more British workers to fill the massive void.

"If it were not so sad it would be comical that 15 months on this incompetent government has not managed to ensure that EU workers can remain here, and as a result, British people living in mainland Europe are also still awaiting guarantees about their futures.

"This should have been the easiest part of the Brexit negotiation as it is in the interests of both sides to strike a deal. That ministers are incapable of doing so is a very worrying sign of just how badly Brexit is going."

Locally Councillor Inga Lockington commented:

"I am pleased that the CBI and TUC are standing up for people who have given so much to the Economic life and Public Services of our Country yet were not given a vote in the referendum to leave the EU. I am pleased too that they recognise the plight of British people who are living and serving on the European mainland. What is missing from the Conservative Brexit approach is common humanity. If we do not care for people from other nations that contribute to our own Country why should other nations care about us?"