Brexit is still one of the most frequently raised issues on the doorstep; by British citizens as well as EU nationals. Most tell us that they are concerned about the impact of Brexit on them personally but also on their families and the communities in which they live and work.
People are rightly worried about the effect of Brexit on the economy, for businesses staffed by EU citizens and the consequences for our public services. Many are anxious about EU citizens’ rights in the UK (and those of UK nationals in the EU) particularly in the event of ‘No Deal’. For people who work in the healthcare sector, Brexit is an added worry as so many NHS staff come from the EU and there is evidence that they are leaving the UK in an unprecedented numbers. There is also unease that Britain may become a less welcoming country to people of all nations and ethnicities.
Westminster Labour Party campaigned very hard to Remain in the EU. Our MP Karen Buck has voted against Brexit at every opportunity and asked questions in parliament to the Prime Minister about EU citizens’ rights. She also wrote to every EU citizen in the North Westminster constituency to ask about the impact Brexit has been having on them. And the Labour Party nationally made a commitment from the start of this process to guarantee the rights of EU citizens.
London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, also strongly opposed Brexit. If elected in May, we look forward to working with him to safeguard the tolerant and open city we love.
EU citizens have the right to vote in local elections and to stand as candidates in local elections. We are proud that 3 EU citizens are standing as Labour candidates in the local election – Nafsika Butler-Thalassis in Maida Vale, Max Sullivan in Bayswater and Jonna Tuomola in Lancaster Gate. The election on May 3rd 2018 is an opportunity for EU citizens to make their voices heard and participate in the democratic process as local residents who want the best for their community.
Maida Vale Labour Action Team
Nafsika Butler-Thalassis, Geoff Barraclough and Cllr Rita Begum