Good morning. Today seems like a good day to tell you about my conversation with a brexiter, that I had a few weeks ago.
That day I was told to my face that #brexit means they can finally switch out all those EU migrants with better foreigners. /1
This person knew that I am one of "all those EU migrants". And while I've been told way too many times to count that I should "go home" or "go back where you came from", being told that I can and indeed will be "switched out" for something better was a new one to me. /2
There has been a shift, a reframing going on for a while. Back in the early #brexit days, any foreigner was bad. Then followed the phase of bad EU migrants (e.g. "those Poles! Those Bulgarians!"...) and good ones ("we don't mean you!, You'll be fine"). /3
Hope. I had hoped, @guyverhofstadt, that the EU meant something. That the people at its heart - those #The5Million of us who live the EU by exercising FoM - meant something. But today the EU (& UK) showed us that that we don't. #citizensrights are not protected and it is 1/
shameful that you are selling what has happened as a protection of our rights. It makes me angry and sad. I have repeatedly called on the EU to be better than the UK govt. Now I know that it is not. Negotiators from both sides have failed to protect what they have always 2/
claimed was their first priority. In the UK, this will mean the creation of a new #Windrush generation in EU citizens. Due to how settled status is planned to be implemented it will create eternal limbo for millions. Our British friends in the EU are set to lose a right that 3/
We've got Tories blaming Sadiq Khan and Sadiq Khan blaming the Tory government and, all the while, the government is so fixated on moronic Brexit that they do nothing and people (especially in #London) and being killed at an alarming rate.
Secondly, we said that it would release a wave of suppressed anti-foreigner sentiment.
Well, lo and behold, the rates of racist incidents, particularly but not solely against eastern Europeans has sky rocketed.
Labour MP @SDoughtyMP's excellent summary of the issue around and real life impact to #citizensrights of the 3.6m EU citizens in case of no-deal Brexit despite unilateral guarantees & later Government 'clarification' on @carolinenokes's evidence statements
"The reality is with the #HostileEnvironment policy [...] we seen in the #Windrush case [...] people react in the most cautious way. Employers, landlords [...] don't want to run the risk of being prosecuted by the Home Office or border force" @SDoughtyMP says
"It's going to have an impact on people's lives. It already is. People are losing contracts, are already deciding to leave the UK because they are not sure what the system will be" @SDoughtyMP concludes on the uncertainty over #citizensrights caused by the Gvt's lack of clarity
1/ This is truly shocking. @carolinenokes at Home Affairs committee saying that it will be UK Govt policy to plunge 3.6m EU citizens straight into the #HostileEnvironment in case of no deal Brexit. Creating 2 indistinguishable classes of EU citizens with different sets of rights
2/ @YvetteCooperMP's face says it all. Utter disbelief that the UK Govt's plan is to create two indistinguishable classes of EU citizens with two different sets of rights in case of no deal Brexit which will automatically lead to discrimination from employers.
3/ @YvetteCooperMP quite clearly not believing what she just heard asks again. And again @carolinenokes confirms her intention to create an environment that will lead to discrimination against the 3.6m EU citizens who will have no documentation to prove their status at that point
1/ Today UK Govt has published updated list of what evidence is accepted for Settled Status applications. Compared to the Home Office guidelines published August 28th the list of acceptable evidence has shrunk while list of disallowed evidence has grown. gov.uk/guidance/eu-se…
2/ mobile phone contracts allowable in the August 2018 guidelines have now been dropped
3/ while now under the new list of acceptable evidence ALL photographs and videos will be disallowed as evidence.
I am becoming more sure as every twist of the #Brexit knife happens, that the same mindset that was behind Hitler's policies in Nazi Germany are being subtly or will be openly enacted here upon a #nodealbrexit
Let me unpick this .....
Right from the start of the campaign ~ generated to keep Cameron in power and stave off the 'bastards' sic.Major on the right/UKIP, pure racism was allowed and encouraged in the press. A subtle game was played whereby legit EU citizens were turned into 'illegal migrants. #brexit
Outright lies of Leave.EU and Voteleave were never publically opposed by any MPs ~ and indeed, the *crimes* committed by both organisations are not being investigated by the police,nor Govt declared the ref null & void on what has been uncovered by @carolecadwalla
I don't sleep much these days. I've just woken up - the room is stuffy and I open the velux window to a dark, clear night, a sky full of stars, the Plough, a shooting star, a silence broken only by the sudden few screeches of an owl, the Bible black of Dylan Thomas' Llaregub /2
2/ but for the dim hue of modern day streetlighting. The beauty and intimacy of my surroundings gives the clarity needed to recognise Theresa May's actions and policies exactly for what they are - tyranny. She has played a masterstroke. Or maybe her puppetmasters have. /3
3/ We know the Tories are past masters at distractions such as blue passports. It happened this week with Jeremy Hunt's speech about the EU being like the Soviet Union. The justifiable outrage this has caused amongst #EU27 MEPs and #Brexit negotiators has led @Europarl_EN /4
2/ "[...]cabinet sources have revealed private warnings that the plans to change the rules for EU citizens who come in future could cause chaos." @SamCoatesTimes continues
3/ "Whitehall is trying to work out how to distinguish EU citizens born outside Britain who already live and work here, and are treated the same as UK citizens, from those who arrive after Brexit, who will not be." @SamCoatesTimes can reveal
@PaulBlomfieldMP confirming that the shadow #brexit team stance is that current settled status proposition is inadequate. 1. It should be declaratory- not by application 2. It should be free, not reasonable to charge to maintain current rights.
@SebDance speaking now, describes as "heartbreaking" the situation where so many people came to build their lives in UK in good faith and had no say over the decision that might destroy this. "For citizens in limbo this is a nightmare"...
This is a drop in the ocean & just spin until we know full numbers deported, detained & those hounded out of their home country by the home office. Apology is crocodile tears & an insult to people still not given hardship fund, left jobless, homeless & unable to afford food.
Home Office covering up scale of the scandal by consistently refusing to answer my questions, including those to the PM back in April. This will all be viewed as just spin until every single person affected gets an apology and compensation.
According to @sajidjavid 6,507 people contacted the #Windrush taskforce, were considered possible #Windrush and referred for a call back to progress their case. 2,272 people have now been given documentation confirming their status.
1/ We agree with @cliodiaspora - we need the British public not just to agree with us on #citizensrights for the 3.6m EU citizens but to stand up for us. That means taking action rather than pity. Some of these actions take very little effort.
2/ Action 1: Follow us
We are very grateful to the 21k very active followers here on Twitter. But to put this into context there are 13 million UK users on Twitter. 21k followers equal just 0.1% of the UK Twitter base.
3/ Action 2: Tell your followers to follow us
As simple as quoting one of our tweets you really like and just write: "follow @The3Million"
Around 20 #NHS staff in a letter told - Theresa May of their “great sorrow and shame” that “hostile environment” immigration policies which she initiated are leading to needless suffering and early death.
2) This Perth for Europe member was given two weeks, during school holidays, to provide extra information to the Home office or have her citizenship application refused. Luckily she was only away for a week. heraldscotland.com/news/15610885.…
We asked MP @PeteWishart to get involved. His office deal with this type of issue frequently – it's not a one off, but part of the #HostileEnvironment. And what of EU27 citizens who can't afford the £1300+ to get citizenship? Or from countries which don't allow dual nationality?
Two months since @SajidJavid took charge, but this report shows the Home Office still has no answers on Windrush. How many people have been made homeless and jobless? Why still no hardship fund for those left bankrupt? Why still no right of appeal?
We need to dismantle the hostile environment, to stop the criminalisation of innocent people. We need to bin bogus migration targets. And we need an independent review of Home Office practices. @sajidjavid needs to admit it has failed.
.@sajidjavid’s response to @yvettecooper again fails to recognise the urgency of #Windrush. How does helping people in financial ruin ‘undermine a compensation process?’ Why is the HO shifting responsibility to 3rd sector charities? Victims need compensation now, not next year
The NHS was created 70 years ago. My aunt & uncle were born a few years later but like so many immigrants, dedicated their lives to the National Health Service. It is exactly 10 years since they died. This is a thread about immigrants and the NHS. Are they overloading it? #NHS70
I did something very unusual recently - I enjoyed a copy of the Daily Mail. Well, 1 page entitled 'NHS heroes'. This is my uncle in 2000. Have you ever read a better description of how valued a traditional family doctor is?
He & his wife (my maternal aunt) were GPs from India.
Their story is not exceptional. They arrived in the 80s as junior doctors and worked in under-served & deprived areas. Thousands of doctors from India & Pakistan started arriving in the 60s, at the request of - surprisingly - Enoch Powell (then Health minister)
*unless you're: 1) A #Grenfell survivor 2) Homeless 3) From the #Windrush generation 4) An EU citizen living in the UK 5) A UK citizen living in the EU 6) An Airbus worker 7) On a zero hours contract 8) Young 9) Disabled 10) A refugee
Have I left anyone out? #PMQs
lots more good suggestions coming in: 11) Teachers 12) Users of Sure Start centres 13) Not a homeowner 14) A rail commuter 15) Receiving Universal Credit 16) Hit by the bedroom tax 17) Relying on a food bank
Keep them coming in; unfortunately this could go on for a while.
even more of your examples: 18) A WASPI woman 19) A public sector worker 20) A student 👩🎓 👨🎓 21) A carer 22) A fire fighter 🔥 23) Living near the Northern Ireland border 24) In need of legal aid 25) A badger
I’m sure there must be more...
In his keynote speech #Confed18 Simon Stevens reflects on the history of the NHS, how it is a high quality service & how he is heartened by the prime ministers committment to a long term funding plan #NHS70
Simon spoke about the health of children & young people saying there were two epidemics we face: obesity & mental health #nhsconfed#Confed18#NHS70
Simon: We are using the 70th anniversary to recognise the contribution the Windrush generation has made to the NHS #Windrush#Confed18#NHS70
I was denied service at 2 diff. Chinese restaurants in LDN. EP1, my cousin asks the lady why she was asking us 2 leave and “this is not a fast food restaurant” she answers. He calmly tells her that she cant do that. I told my cousin 2 let it go & we walked out #rascismisalive
EP2 My @malaikaaminata friend & I walk in2 another Chinese restaurant. We sit at an empty table. A lady comes over asking us 2 move upstairs. Prepared by my previous incident I say no right away. She starts shouting at us 2 move bcos the table is for 4. #rasicismisalive@kuvie_
2 avoid an incident, I look right over at the next table & notice 2 ladies sitting at another table for 4. I ask them if it’s ok for us to share the table. They agree and make room for us. We sit down and this is what ensues @wanlov@panjianoff@niikotei@tafari#rasicismisalive