Bremain in Spain Comments on the Results of GE2017
Sue Wilson, Chair, on moving forwards from an unexpected outcome
June 12, 2017, Valencia, Spain. Press Dispensary. Bremain in Spain ( http://www.bremaininspain.com ), a group campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain, comments on the surprise results of the June 8 General Election and the Conservative Party unexpectedly forming a coalition government with DUP.
Sue Wilson, Chair of Bremain in Spain, comments: "Many people will be feeling nervous about this unanticipated situation. They may be wondering: where do we go from here? What are the implications regarding the rights of EU and UK citizens? I am optimistic that there will be more control over the Brexit process than had Theresa May gained the 'clear mandate' she was seeking from the British public. Theresa May greatly underestimated the strength of the opposition to her weak and wobbly plans and the fact that she lost seats, as well as losing credibility, was a battle victory in our ongoing campaign to retain our rights. It remains to see how long she will last in her position."
She continues: "GE17 was billed as the Brexit election, and for me - and clearly for many others in the electorate - it was about nothing else. Of course, I care deeply about the NHS and social care, pensions, education, security, jobs and human rights. However, if Brexit even happens now, and the UK is forced to adopt WTO rules, then any money that might be used to improve the lives of British citizens will be not be available. With the power of the Conservatives visibly weakened, it is clear that there will be more balance regarding Brexit and much stronger opposition to the Tories' ideas about implementing a Hard Brexit."
She adds: "We have known for some time the position of the EU with regards to citizens' rights, with their promise for transparency. We have been reassured by everything we have heard from Barnier and Tusk, and believe that they will fight to protect all our rights and freedoms. We need the UK's coalition government to act and to agree to the EU's demands re citizens' rights, although we do not expect this to happen immediately.
"It also strikes me that the Tories yet again included Votes for Life in their election manifesto but this is very obviously a promise that has not yet been delivered. We would like to see this promise delivered for our members and for other British citizens living overseas."
She concludes: "It remains to be seen whether DUP will influence the Brexit process, as they do not want a hard border in Ireland. This party appears to advocate free movement of labour, which contrasts with May's ideas about curtailing it. During the election campaign, May's performance and poor choices were, at times, so bizarre that there was speculation that she was deliberately trying to lose the election, to avoid dealing with a messy Brexit process. Instead, she has ended up with her very own 'coalition of chaos', although she is calling it a 'support and supply' arrangement. This could fall apart before long as the many voices of dissent against May are becoming even more vocal."
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