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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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Only by remaining in the EU can the potential of young people be fully realised, by benefiting from schemes like Erasmus+ and enjoying the freedom to work, study, live and love throughout the whole of Europe, the newly-elected vice chair of the European Parliament culture and education committee said today.

Julie Ward MEP, vice-chair of the culture and education committee, said:

“It is a huge privilege to have been elected as vice-chair of the culture and education committee. I am pleased to be back in the committee where I served as a very active member in the previous legislature, and now taking a leading role.

“Over the next five years I will continue to promote progressive legislation from a culture perspective that will have a lasting and positive impact on the lives of half-a-billion EU citizens - from the European Solidarity Corps to Erasmus+, which is, as we know, one of the biggest success stories of the EU, and which has given millions of people the opportunity to study, volunteer and live abroad for more than 30 wonderful years.

“And as Labour MEPs, we will fight to stop Brexit and work tirelessly to ensure we remain in the EU, so that millions of young people in Britain can continue to benefit from the fantastic opportunities the European Union offers like Erasmus+, Horizon Europe, Interrail, roaming and more, and are free to work, study, live and love throughout our amazingly diverse continent of 500 million people.”

Julie Ward MEP added:

“The culture committee must also continue to safeguard cultural heritage, facilitate cultural exchange and intercultural dialogue, and promote artistic production in all of the countries of the European Union for the citizens of today and the future.

“There are 24 official EU languages, but the arts can be a universal language - a means to connect us in profound and significant ways, whilst celebrating the diversity and complexity of the human condition in all its glory.

“Put simply, culture and education brings people together, and with Brexit and the rise of fascism, from Europe to Russia to the US to Brazil, we need that now more than ever.”

Monday, July 22, 2019

Only way for young people to fulfil potential is to remain in EU, Labour MEP warns after election as vice-chair of culture committee

Only by remaining in the EU can the potential of young people be fully realised, by benefiting from schemes like Erasmus+ and enjoying the freedom to work, study, live and...

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