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Theresa May's 'Dirty Dancing' with Citizens' Rights

04 October 2018
by eub2 -- last modified 04 October 2018

Theresa May's Conservative Party conference speech is causing confusion and consternation amongst members of campaign group Bremain in Spain.


Literally dancing on to stage in Birmingham - to the sounds of the famous Europop tune, 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA - Mrs May casually set about promising a continuation of her parochial dedication to Brexit and implied that those against her Chequers agreement are "unpatriotic".

Alastair Stewart, Bremain advisor, says: "What we heard today was nothing short of a lie. To pretend that austerity can end with Brexit is to misunderstand fundamentally her own policies, or commit an act of unprecedented deception."

Stewart continues: "The absence of any clear assurances for British citizens living in Europe was as stark as it was deliberate. It's an inconvenient truth for May to acknowledge that millions of people will be affected by the most muddled and confused policy ever conceived by a British government. In this scenario, her dancing moves clearly reflect her government. Robotic, inappropriate and doomed to ridicule."

Bremain in Spain chair, Sue Wilson, says: "May has been obsessed with reducing immigration since failing to meet her own ridiculous targets while Home Secretary. She wants to end freedom of movement once and for all, despite the demands of business and the wishes of much of the British public. Not only has EU immigration brought huge financial benefits to the UK, it has also enriched the culture and diversity of our once-tolerant and open-minded society beyond measure."

Wilson concludes: "Once again, citizens' rights were conspicuous by their absence. It has always been abundantly clear, despite a tide of false promises, that this government cares nothing for the welfare of Brits in the EU. May is willing to pay the high price of sacrificing our rights to curb the rights of EU citizens in the UK. How can the government claim that Brexit is all about "opportunity", when it is removing our opportunity to live, love, work, study, retire in another country and denying those opportunities to future generations? May and her advisors might have considered 'Dancing Queen' an appropriate theme tune. Personally, I think 'Waterloo' would be more appropriate!"

Bremain in Spain is a group campaigning for the UK to remain in the European Union and to protect the rights of British migrants living and working in Spain. Run by a team of volunteers and chaired by Sue Wilson - a resident of the Valencian Community - the group advocates a tolerant and outward-looking society. It believes this is best achieved by the UK remaining a member of the EU. Bremain in Spain is part of the British in Europe coalition of 10 UK citizens' groups across the EU. It is also affiliated to Britain for Europe and European Movement.

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