24 November 2018 – today’s press releases

So much for the Conservative and Unionist Party, I guess…

  • PM’s immigration plans a disaster for economy and public services
  • PM puts Gibraltar in jeopardy

PM’s immigration plans a disaster for economy and public services

Responding to the announcement of the plans to issue low-skilled migrants with 11-month visas, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperon, Ed Davey said:

Theresa May’s plans would be disastrous for our economy and public services. Not only would these restricted visas put off skilled workers from working in the UK, but they simply won’t be able to fill gaps in sectors such as the NHS, social care and construction due to the time limit.

Employers will barely have time to train people up before they’re forced to leave the UK. Considering the Home Office can barely cope with the applications it receives now, this move will simply add to the chaos.

The Liberal Democrats demand better. Control on work visas should go to the Business Department from the discredited Home Office so immigration is run for the benefit of our economy and NHS.

PM puts Gibraltar in jeopardy

Responding to reports that Theresa May has given way to Spain’s demands over the future of Gibraltar, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:

The Prime Minister has caved in once again. In a desperate bid to get her disastrous deal across the line, May appears to have cast the people of Gibraltar aside.

She has conceded that Gibraltar won’t necessarily be covered by a future trade deal, simply another example of why what she has negotiated is completely unacceptable. She has left the status of Gibraltar in jeopardy.

This is a day of shame. The only way to sort out this chaos would be through a People’s Vote, with the option to remain in the EU.

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5 Comments

  • Helen Dudden 25th Nov '18 - 10:07am

    I can remember Graham Watson standing up for Gibraltar. Any deal, without fairness to those living in Gibraltar is a sell out.
    My thoughts on international law, as well as knowledge, has put me in the leave camp. The problems with never listening to reason. We never had fair treatment.

  • Helen,

    Gibraltar will be sold out because the main priority of Tinkerbell is to get Brexit across the line without the Tory party imploding. Now many people voted for Brexit for their own reasons, in your case because you felt you had been treated badly by international law. Voting leave won’t change your situation in fact it is likely to tilt the deck further against you.

    You are far from alone in feeling hard done to my particular favourite example today is the people who voted leave to prevent live exports of young calves and sheep

    “We don’t have a view on Brexit, but a lot of our supporters in the run-up to the EU vote were very excited about getting an end to live exports and voted to leave for that reason, but if they find this deal hampers a ban, they will feel very cheated.”

    Until now, the government has always argued EU law on movement of goods prevented the UK from implementing a live-export ban.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/theresa-may-brexit-deal-animal-exports-irish-backstop-northern-ireland-scotland-calves-ramsgate-a8645106.html

    I’m afraid they too will be thrown under the bus while the government blames the EU. Of cause what the government should have done was press for a ban on live exports through out the EU, but then that might have upset their friends in the farming community so better just to blame the EU.

  • Richard Underhill 25th Nov '18 - 12:22pm

    The Presidency of the EU has rotated from Slovakia to Austria (it is not strictly in alphabetical order or a small country such as Luxembourg would be succeeded by Malta).
    A Slovakian spokesman addressed the West Kent European Movement recently. Unprompted he made a point about freedom of movement (of people). Those who had lived under communism and are now among the democracies value this freedom greatly and would strongly oppose a change.

  • Helen Dudden 25th Nov '18 - 5:07pm

    I’m sure that Graham would agree with me, we were very badly treated. Data protection, is something I respect.
    Also, the trade of live animals is degrading and inhuman. The practice is cruel.
    Unfortunately, we can’t house and feed the world, we have to be realistic.
    I personally feel, it should have remained with trade.

  • Peter Hirst 27th Nov '18 - 1:11pm

    If you’re coming here to work, then your visa should reflect the duration of your contract. If you change jobs then reapply for a visa and similarly if you leave work. If in for 5 years working then apply for residence status. More checks needed to ensure no fraud.

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