Letter to the Nottingham Post: Cheer for Court Decision on EU

imag0361The High Court decision that Parliament must be consulted before triggering article 50 should be cheered by those who voted to leave. How can people who wanted sovereignty to rest solely in Westminster think it is right to push through the biggest decision in modern history via the Royal Prerogative? The electorate voted narrowly to leave, but the terms of how we leave and the implications of this were not clear on the 23rd of June and they are still not clear now. This needs to be fully debated in Parliament, and when we have the answers we should have a referendum on the terms of leaving.

Tad Jones

Valley Road

Nottingham

Letter to the Nottingham Post: Guarantee EU citizens can stay

IMAG0318After 3 months of ministerial turf wars and repeating the inane ‘brexit means brexit’ mantra, some details have leaked out about what will happen with our relationship with the EU. Article 50 will be triggered early next year and Theresa May has said “there will be some bumps in the road”. But spare a thought for EU nationals living in the UK. These people have come to this country entirely legally, worked hard, set down roots in our communities and have not been given any reassurance that they will have the right to stay after brexit. EU nationals make a valuable contribution to our economy, much more than the caricature of Polish plumber and potato pickers. They work in our universities, they set up small businesses – 4.5% of our nurses are from the EU. It would be completely unfair to disrupt the lives people have made for themselves and it is mean-spirited to leave this in doubt for so long. The government should put an end to this uncertainty and guarantee that EU citizens living here can remain.
Tad Jones
Valley Road
Sherwood