Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - M P Gomez

IN a re­cent let­ter to Lord Ado­nis, Ja­cob Rees Mogg said: “I do not be­lieve there should be any spe­cial terms for EU mi­grants.”

This re­ally is a scan­dalous po­si­tion to take and demon­strates the un­der­ly­ing lack of care in the po­si­tion of the Euro­pean Re­search Group – a party within a party who are cur­rently at­tempt­ing to be the tail wag­ging the dog.

EU27 cit­i­zens in many cases have been here for decades.

My fam­ily came to the UK in 1971 when I was three.

Although I have a Bri­tish pass­port (I chose to take one in 2005) I have two older broth­ers who have not.

One lives in the UK, ed­u­cated here through his teen years, has al­ways worked and paid his tax here and has an English wife and son.

My other brother also went to school here and worked most of his work­ing life and paid tax here.

A few years ago, he moved to Spain to fol­low a work op­por­tu­nity.

He has an English wife and a grown-up English son here who has just mar­ried In a post Brexit world, it would seem there is a big ques­tion mark as to whether he would have the choice to come back and live in the UK to be close to his fam­ily should he want to do that on re­tire­ment for ex­am­ple.

Ques­tions are also raised re­gard­ing pen­sion rights for the many years he worked in the UK.

All the de­ci­sions our fam­ily have made over the years were in the con­text of our EU cit­i­zen­ship which made the dif­fer­ent frag­ments of our iden­ti­ties come to­gether to make sense.

You can repli­cate those de­ci­sions thou­sands of times up and down the coun­try with even more com­plex prob­lems and fam­ily com­po­si­tions.

What Brexit is do­ing is putting un­nec­es­sary bar­ri­ers right in the mid­dle of fam­ily life, it is an egre­gious in­ter­fer­ence in our lives by Gov­ern­ment and for no ben­e­fit.

In fact it is likely to dam­age the Bri­tish econ­omy.

I do not be­lieve for a sec­ond the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple who voted leave did so in the knowl­edge that fam­i­lies would be dam­aged in this way.

Whilst Gov­ern­ment has at­tempted to use the in­se­cu­rity of EU27 cit­i­zens here and Brits in the EU, the op­po­si­tion has been sadly quiet on the plight of the five mil­lion and the un­cer­tain­ties thrown at them and I would have wished to see more op­po­si­tion to the abom­inable way Brexit has dis­rupted and will con­tinue to dis­rupt their lives.

Any­body doubt­ing the un­cer­tainty hang­ing over the five mil­lion and their mis­trust of Gov­ern­ment agenda should look care­fully at the sto­ries which emerge ev­ery day around fam­i­lies caught in the Home Of­fice’s hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment.

I would also draw at­ten­tion to the plight of SMEs. I run a small busi­ness. We em­ploy 12 peo­ple; three of those jobs were cre­ated on growth on the back of be­ing able to sell across the EU with rel­a­tive ease and lack of reg­u­la­tion and com­plex­ity at a time when growth in our Bri­tish mar­kets be­came flat.

This as­pect of our busi­ness con­tin­ues to grow.

It seems that we do not even know how we will be af­fected or what prepa­ra­tions we are sup­posed to make.

The Gov­ern­ment tells us to pre­pare for no deal but frankly there are thou­sands of com­pa­nies across the coun­try who do not have the re­sources to be able to game the po­ten­tial sce­nar­ios and it is pre­pos­ter­ous to ex­pect us to do so.

In short, Brexit has put busi­ness, es­pe­cially SMEs, in an im­pos­si­ble sit­u­a­tion and jobs will ul­ti­mately be lost across the coun­try – not just the big com­pa­nies but small com­pa­nies.

In 2016 we did not know what leav­ing the EU meant, it was an emo­tional re­sponse to a com­pli­cated ques­tion.

Noth­ing about Brexit which has un­folded in the last two years makes sense, no ben­e­fits have emerged, ‘sunny up­lands’ have be­come ‘it won’t be the end of the world’ and it re­ally is time that Par­lia­ment ac­knowl­edged as one voice that given the se­vere out­comes fac­ing us, we must be al­lowed the op­por­tu­nity to air and ex­am­ine all the real con­se­quences of the Gov­ern­ment’s propo­si­tions on our lives in a thor­ough pub- lic dis­cus­sion.

We need a fi­nal pub­lic vote with an op­tion to re­main. side, at­tack­ing racism.

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