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Today is possibly .@theresa_may's last day as PM, if .@BorisJohnson can command a majority (which is in some doubt...)

So it's a great opportunity to look back at some of the *highlights* of Mrs May's premiership in memes👇
13 JUL 2016: May was appointed as PM and named her Cabinet shortly thereafter, surprising many by giving 3 of the top #Brexit-related jobs to arch-brexiters Boris Johnson, David Davis & Liam Fox. Sheer folly, or genius in making them own what they'd sold? Sadly, the former😢
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5 OCT 2016: With such a narrow result, the country could be forgiven for expecting May to propose a consensual solution, as Norway PM Erna Solberg had done in a similar situation. Most Remainers would've accepted #Norway.

May's #CitizensOfNowhere speech crushed all hope.
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It feels like 2016 referendum re-run with all the anti-immigration misinformation & language from that dreadful campaign reappearing.

@BorisJohnson vows push on immigration points system and makes some sweeping an misleading comments.

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theguardian.com/politics/2019/…
Let's start at the top.
"We restore democratic control of immigration policy [...]" Mr Johnson says.
1) Freedom of Movement is not an immigration system but alongside movement of goods, services & capital a vital part of the Single Market, driven by Thatcher in the 80s

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2) Freedom of movement was entered into democratically, has been part of what is now the EU since the Treaty of Rome way before the UK joined the EU. Also, sharing sovereignty on the issue with other EU member states is still democratic.

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Earlier today @IanBlackfordMP stood in Parliament asking exactly what I would like to ask @theresa_may, also making a passionate case for us EU citizens at home in the UK. Thank you Ian! The Prime Minister's answer, on the other hand, takes the biscuit. Here's why: [THREAD]
First of all @theresa_may: "and they can stay"? Really? Have you just changed policy? That would be fab. But let's be clear: as it stands #SettledStatus is an application system that does *not* give a guarantee to stay. If you want to do that, make it a declaratory system! 2/
Regardless of that, your *actual* record @theresa_may is nothing like the nice words you used in your response to @IanBlackfordMP. Your *actual* record on the matter, actual facts, tell a very different story. Let's have a look. 3/
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Today has been a very bad day for #The5Million. I had prepared myself for defending #FreedomOfMovement against @theresa_may. Turns out I should also have prepared myself for defending it against @HackneyAbbott who chose to pit EU citizens against other immigrants today. 1/
Earlier today I tweeted that I consider doing this - pit people against people -the lowest of the low. I expected it from @theresa_may and @sajidjavid, but I did not see coming that @HackneyAbbott would choose to do so too. This is always wrong, but especially in this case. 2/
Because:
1) It neglects the fact that freedom of movement is a *reciprocal* right, not preferential access, not a one-way street into the UK.
2) It is in the UK Govt's choice to treat immigrants from elsewhere in the way they are being treated - that is not a result of FoM. 3/
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Well, @theresa_may, I guess the certainty you now have that nobody can challenge you for 12 months must be comforting. Certainty. That is something #The5Million of us have not had for 901 days. And thanks to you that won't change anytime soon. I do not have confidence in you. 1/
I have no confidence because one thing is already clear and can never be undone: that you, @theresa_may, *chose* to make the lives of 3.7 million EU citizens at home in the UK collateral. In so doing you also made the lives of 1.3 million Britons in the EU collateral. 2/
You robbed 5 million people and their families of certainty with the choices you made. You were not pressured to make them. You wanted to make them. That much is certain too. 3/
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Reading report on the handling of #Windrush makes it even clearer to me how dire the situation is for EU citizens now too. If settled status goes ahead as planned, there will be thousands more cases just like Windrush among EU citizens in future too. nao.org.uk/report/handlin… 1/
Some of the problems identified in the #Windrush report are already happening for EU citizens with respect to settled status now too — eg the failure to proactively inform / identify vulnerable groups etc. 2/
In the end it is sickening that while all of this began to emerge and continues to demonstrate the true vileness of the #HostileEnvironment, May and HO are actively putting in place a policy that will replicate the #Windrush crisis on an altogether unprecedented scale. 3/
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Hi @stephenkerrMP,
Today you claimed in the HoC, in a question for @carolinenokes, that some "parties in this House [...] have spread fear and alarm among EU citizens by questioning Govt’s commitment to their status." You asked Nokes to "set the record straight". Yes, let's! 1/
Here is @David_Cameron spreading fear and alarm among EU citizens ...
❌ by failing to secure our status right away in 2016, instead implying that change might come by saying there will be no 'immediate changes'. nytimes.com/2016/06/25/wor… 2/
Here is @theresa_may spreading fear and alarm among EU citizens ...
❌ by making clear she'd drag us into Brexit negotiations before she even became leader of @Conservatives - in fact, saying this was part of her pitch for that. independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi… 3/
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Hi @ukhomeoffice, Time to talk! Based on what I am being told by fellow EU citizens, as well as evidence I have seen myself, the second phase of the #SettledStatus trial is marred by significant problems. Care to comment? I am aware of: 1/
❌ Endless accounts of the passport scan on the app not working.
This is not a big surprise given we already knew the chip required on Android devices needs to be a newer one. So not only does the app not work on iphones, it works only on some Android phones. 2/
❌ A delay in the trial being opened for the next cohort of EU citizens.
This we could already guess too given recent comments by @carolinenokes about what she called "several technical bugs" having to be resolved. bit.ly/2Rsvbna 3/
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Today @theresa_may asked the country to #BackTheBrexitDeal. The main reason for it? People like me. EU citizens who chose to commit our lives to the UK. We, first and foremost, are the reason why Britons are being robbed of rights. This is the culmination of 2+ years of hate. 1/
The anti-EU migrant machinery began spinning in earnest on 20 February 2016, the day @David_Cameron announced the date of the EU referendum. From the pinning of people against people to bible references: we became a faceless mass for good that day. Here are just two examples. 2/
Instead of standing up to this, Stronger In just sought to sweep immigration, sweep us, under the carpet. Denied a vote, denied a voice, denied a platform. That was the greatest error of the Remain campaign and here is why. [Source: kcl.ac.uk/sspp/policy-in…] 3/
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What a week in the life of an EU migrant in the UK.
Before 24th June 2016, @The3Million of us were just your neighbours, your friends, your teachers, carers, colleagues...
That changed dramatically over night, we became bargaining chips in a political game. 1/
Players on UK side made us scapegoats for almost everything that had gone wrong in years of self inflicted austerity. With the support of mainstream media the lies of EU migrants coming to UK stealing jobs, undercutting wages while simultaneously claiming benefits kept coming /2
Despite government’s own findings that EU migrants were contributing more to the British economy than they took out, those lies kept coming. And why not, there was no opposition, no loud public outcry, the divide just got bigger /3
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So @theresa_may wants to reframe the Brexit debate to sell her deal. Calling those of us EU citizens already at home here #QueueJumpers was not enough, now she wants to 'celebrate' the end of freedom of movement some more with this announcement. telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/… 1/
Apart from her own personal obsession with migration, apart from the constant pandering to the Ukip fringes of her party, she reason she can do this because most pro-EU politicians have failed completely, over the last 2.5 years, to suck the air out of this argument. 2/
They failed to do so during the EU referendum campaign - I will never forget the day when a Stronger In campaigner told me I would not be allowed to speak at an event because, as an EU national, a migrant, I would just 'antagonise' people. 3/
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#BBCAskThis @theresa_May with @Emmabarnett:
Why did you choose to develop a system that forces 3.7 million neighbours, colleagues, friends and family to *APPLY* if they want to stay post-Brexit? People at home here who committed their lives to the UK. People like Stefanie. 1/
Choose to force people to apply so they can stay in their home ... people like Christa? #BBCAskThis 2/
Choose to force people to apply so they can stay in their home ... people like Xavier? #BBCAskThis 3/
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If it wasn’t all so tragic I should really pat myself on the back for having warned, for 2+ years, that in the end it would all boil back down again to pesky foreigners like me, #QueueJumpers That we would be what it’s all going to be about again. 1/
theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/n…
While the above may seem reasonable, it’s not. (1) because ID cards for a select group of people only is highly problematic and (2) because, yet again, this addresses a problem that isn’t actually one, isn’t actually what caused the issues people are concerned with. 2/
To this day everything is about assuaging fears that are unfounded. Not only that: it’s about assuaging lies. Just look at what Charles Clarke and Alan Johnson wrote yesterday. 3/
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