WEST­MIN­STER DI­ARY

Read­ing East MP meets Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter to pro­tect res­i­dent’s rights

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINT - Matt Rodda

JUST be­fore Christ­mas Matt Rodda met the Min­is­ter for Im­mi­gra­tion, Caro­line Nokes MP, in Par­lia­ment to raise con­stituents’ con­cerns re­gard­ing their rights fol­low­ing Brexit.

The meet­ing was ar­ranged fol­low­ing a de­bate in the House of Com­mons in No­vem­ber, when Matt asked the Min­ster what re­as­sur­ance she could give to the thou­sands of EU res­i­dents in the Read­ing East con­stituency, their fam­i­lies, and lo­cal em­ploy­ers.

A mem­ber of Matt’s con­stituency of­fice staff, a res­i­dent with con­cerns and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity with con­cerns also at­tended the meet­ing.

Physics Pro­fes­sor Arttu Ra­jantie who lives in Caver­sham raised a num­ber of con­cerns, and Sue Brack­ley of Read­ing

CIC pointed out the risk of staff shortages and how these would af­fect em­ploy­ees.

Matt said: “Thou­sands of EU res­i­dents in Read­ing and Wood­ley face an un­cer­tain fu­ture af­ter Brexit, many of them have lived in the area for years and many are mar­ried to or re­lated to British cit­i­zens.”

“I called on the Gov­ern­ment to do more to un­der­stand the is­sues fac­ing lo­cal fam­i­lies and I hope the Min­is­ter will now take ac­tion.”

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