Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz, Executive Member for Community Development, is urging everyone to sign Islington Labour’s petition calling on the Tory Government to guarantee the #FullRightsNow of local people from countries in the European Union.

Earlier this week, MPs debated the EU Withdrawal Bill, which sets out how the UK will leave the EU. The Bill as it is currently drafted is fatally flawed; it is not only a shameless power grab by the Tory Government, but it also puts people’s crucial rights and protections at risk.

The debate was also a reminder that the Tory Government has still not guaranteed the rights of people from countries in the European Union currently living in the UK. There is no reason why they cannot do this immediately but, almost eighteen months since the UK voted to leave the European Union, they are still failing to make this basic guarantee.

Ever since the Brexit vote, Islington Labour has repeatedly called on the Tory Government to immediately guarantee the rights of local people originally from countries in the European Union. The latest stage of our ongoing campaign to make the Tories see sense is with a petition, which calls on them to stop using our friends, family and neighbours as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations. Over 700 local people have signed so far and you can add your name to the petition here.

Islington is a diverse community that is home to people from all over the world, including around 30,000 people from countries in the European Union. They make a huge contribution to our community, with many working in vital public services such as the NHS. We would be poorer in every sense of the word if they left because the Tory Government failed to guarantee their right to remain in the UK.

Islington Labour is on the side of local people, wherever in the world they are from.

Islington Council is continuing to explore how it can further offer support to people from countries in the European Union. Alongside Islington IN Europe and local solicitors, it has jointly organised two advice sessions for local people concerned about the impact Brexit will have on their rights. Over 100 people attended each event. We hope to hold another early next year.

There is no reason why the Tory Government cannot guarantee the rights of people from countries in the European Union now, and we need you to add your voice to our demands that they do so immediately.

Please sign Islington Labour’s petition to keep up the pressure.

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