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Labour MEPs today vowed to fight Boris Johnson every step of the way if the new Tory leader presses ahead with a no-deal Brexit that threatens the rights of the more than three million EU-27 citizens in the UK and one-and-a-half million UK citizens in the rest of the European Union.

Campaign groups the3million and British in Europe met with Labour MEPs today in the European Parliament to highlight their concerns about the incoming prime minister and reiterate calls for the ring-fencing of citizens’ rights if the UK leaves the EU.

British in Europe says a ring-fenced agreement is preferable to bilateral agreements between the UK and 27 members states that could not resolve issues such as cross-border social security contributions for working people or health insurance for British pensioners in the EU, while the3million has stressed ring-fencing is now needed to safeguard EU citizens’ rights in case of a no-deal Brexit.

Claude Moraes MEP, Labour's European Parliament spokesperson on civil liberties, justice and home affairs, said:

“Boris Johnson’s election as Tory leader today greatly increases the prospect of a disastrous no-deal Brexit, which will not only do untold economic damage, costing us jobs, trade and growth, but threatens the rights of the more than three million EU-27 citizens in the UK and one-and-a-half million UK citizens in the rest of the European Union.

“Many of those millions have been made to feel unwelcome because the UK government has not guaranteed their rights, creating a hostile environment by treating them like bargaining chips. This is a disgraceful way for the government to have acted - we are talking about people’s livelihoods and that of their families.

“Labour MEPs have tirelessly supported citizens’ rights and will continue to do so as we fight Brexit and the no-deal disaster Boris Johnson and the Tories have threatened to unleash.”

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

We will fight Boris all the way, Labour MEPs warn as citizens’ rights campaigners brace for no-deal disaster

Labour MEPs today vowed to fight Boris Johnson every step of the way if the new Tory leader presses ahead with a no-deal Brexit that threatens the rights of the...

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Statement from Labour MEPs on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party:

"At a time when anti-Semitism is rising across the EU, it is deeply worrying and upsetting that as Labour politicians we are being asked by colleagues from our sister parties to explain what is happening within our own party on this issue. While Labour points to the action that has been taken, it is clear that is widely perceived as insufficient in dealing with the problem.
 
"It is also worrying that the reaction within the Labour Party when concerns have been raised has sometimes been to question the motives of those making allegations. We must be clear: this is a problem that exists and must be addressed urgently and decisively.
 
"It is distressing that political opponents are able to exploit this issue and do so. This problem is weakening and undermining Labour’s cause to counter hate, racism and discrimination in society, in all its forms. Political opponents and others are only able to criticise Labour on this because there is an undeniable problem that must be addressed urgently.
 
"Vigorous action is now required by the Labour NEC to reassure and rebuild trust with the Jewish community and beyond. This must include provisions for immediate expulsion from the Labour Party in the most blatant prima facie cases, and a fully independent complaints process that can be judged free of political and factional interference. Labour's response to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) investigation must be shared in full with the NEC.
 
"All victims of racism must be heard and supported, and concerns of staff, former staff and others heeded. Those staff who have spoken out must not be subject to legal proceedings.
 
"We support the Jewish Labour Movement and others demanding prompt and decisive action. Labour MEPs stand with our sister party colleagues in fighting intolerance and injustice across Europe. We must therefore also be willing to challenge it at home, and sadly, even inside our own party."

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Statement from Labour MEPs on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party

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