Keir Starmer: Labour will guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in Britain

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A Labour government will guarantee the rights of all EU nationals living in the UK, the shadow Brexit minister will outline in a speech tomorrow.

Speaking at One Great George Street, Keir Starmer will detail how a Labour government would approach Brexit. He will say:

“EU nationals do not just contribute to our society: they are our society. And they should not be used as bargaining chips.

So on day one of a Labour Government we will immediately guarantee that all EU nationals currently living in the UK will see no change in their legal status as a result of Brexit, and we will seek reciprocal rights for UK citizens in the EU.

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Labour will also tear up the Conservative's Brexit white paper, replacing it with an alternative version that will retain the benefits of the single market and customs union.

Starmer will continue: "Where Theresa May wants to shut down scrutiny and challenge, Labour will welcome it. We will work with parliament, not against it.

"Because on an issue of this importance the government can’t hide from the public or parliament. A Labour approach to Brexit means legislating to guarantee that parliament has a truly meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal."

Real risk

The Conservatives hit back at the Starmer's remarks. Dominic Raab, member of the exiting the European Union select committee, said:

But there is a real risk of Jeremy Corbyn – with the support of the SNP and Lib Dems – becoming Prime Minister and being in charge of the Brexit negotiations. He is a weak leader of a divided party who couldn’t get the right deal for the United Kingdom.

We have a clear plan for the Brexit negotiations, and every vote for Theresa May will strengthen her hand in those negotiations to get a good deal for the UK.

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