Results 181–200 of 7605 for speaker:Andy Burnham

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way once again; he has been incredibly generous. I just want to clear one thing up before he concludes his remarks: how do the Government propose to vote on the motion? One might have the impression, having listened to him, that they are getting ready to vote against it, but it has been suggested that they might abstain. Let us be clear...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: I beg to move, That this House notes that there are approximately three million nationals of other EU member states living in the UK; further notes that many more UK nationals are related to nationals of other EU member states; rejects the view that these men, women and children should be used as bargaining chips in negotiations on the UK’s exit from the EU; and calls on the Government to...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: I could not agree more with the Chair of the Home Affairs Committee. People have been left feeling uncertain. As I will say later, that has created a hostile climate on the streets of our communities, and this is not what people are looking for in someone who seeks to lead our nation. It will not be lost on people that, for the second time in three days, the Home Secretary has failed to come...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: I will come on to that point. However, I do not see why, in seeking to secure the position of British nationals overseas, we should undermine people living here, paying taxes here, and working here.

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: My hon. Friend makes a very important point. I have read in The Guardian the views of some health professionals talking about how they feel. An Allied Healthcare professional—not a DJ—who is Dutch said this: “Since the referendum, I wish I had not come to the UK. Half the population does not want me here. I am tearful at times. If I had the chance I would leave now.” It is not true:...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: I hope the right hon. Gentleman is correct. I do not know what the Government’s intention is, but if we were to follow the logic of what we heard from the Immigration Minister at the Dispatch Box on Monday, they will oppose the motion. We will see. Tonight this House can remove the uncertainty from the people my hon. Friend the Member for Walthamstow (Stella Creasy) described, sending them...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: It is an abdication of leadership for the Home Secretary not to be here to hear what my hon. Friend has said. One can only speculate that she made those comments in a bid to woo the grassroots of the Tory party in her current situation. I do not know, because she is not here to contradict me. She could have done if she wanted to, but she is not here to do so. I do not know whether her...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: I find it terrible that that is how people in Britain in 2016 are thinking and feeling today as we have this debate. We should do something today to give my hon. Friend’s constituent some comfort and to send the message that she is indeed valued here.

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: I am pleased to hear it. Let us not rerun the arguments of the referendum campaign today, despite the fact that it has given rise to the situation that we are now in. To be fair to the hon. Gentleman, he and others did not argue that people should be sent back. The leave campaign held the very clear position during the referendum that there should be no question of EU nationals having to...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: My hon. Friend puts her point very well. If it were only Labour Members saying this, the public might think it is partisan or point-scoring—but it is not, is it? We have just heard from somebody as senior as the hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson). Yesterday, the hon. Member for Reigate (Crispin Blunt) said that the failure to carry out any contingency planning in...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: In the absence of the Home Secretary, somebody needs to provide some leadership, don’t they? Somebody needs to meet the community groups that are worried about the current situation. I hope that the Minister is listening to what my hon. Friend has just said, because the sheer lack of any direction at the moment is causing real difficulties on the streets of her constituency, mine and others.

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: That is precisely my position. Those people came here when they were legally entitled to do so and are contributing to our society. Absolutely, they should be allowed to stay. I am amazed that that is not the hon. Gentleman’s position as well. The clearest explanation of the Government’s position came from the Minister for Immigration on Monday: “It has been suggested that the...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: I could not agree with the hon. Lady more. That is exactly how these people feel. There have been quotes in the papers from people saying that that is the feeling they have been left with. Many of those who work in our NHS, our schools and our universities can go and work elsewhere, and some of them are highly sought-after individuals. If we do not send a clear message to them, others will.

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: That would be something. If the Minister got up today and said that, perhaps these people would feel a little more valued than they do. We will have to wait to see whether anything is forthcoming. It is right for the hon. Gentleman to say that putting obstacles in people’s way and making them pay fees just increases their sense of alienation from our country. I do not believe that any...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: I will give way a couple more times before I finish, and of course I will give way to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee.

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: Of course. It is impossible to deny the simple power of what my right hon. Friend has just said. The generous, open-minded gesture of saying now that people are welcome here would not just improve our position in negotiations and strengthen the position of British nationals living abroad; it would say something very important about our country and how it has not changed after the referendum....

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: It was entirely wrong. As I said, what happened to no taxation without representation? I cannot defend a situation in which British nationals had the vote in the referendum even if they were living abroad but people living and paying taxes here did not. There was a basic unfairness in that, which needs to be corrected. We have got this the wrong way around, and I sincerely hope that the...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: I could not agree more. As I have been outlining, the thrust of Government policy is already to treat them as second-class citizens, because they do not have the same voting rights as other citizens. If they are now to be left in the lurch for two or three years, how will they feel at the end of that process? What will they think of our country? What will the countries that they come from...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: My hon. Friend has raised a crucial point. I have read out some comments from health professionals that have been reported in The Guardian. I have another here, from a German GP: “I have lived and worked here for 16 years. It feels as if 50% of the population in the UK doesn’t want me here any more. I feel as if a rug has been pulled out from under my feet.” If people feel that they...

EU Nationals: Uk Residence (4 Jul 2016)

Andy Burnham: I should probably begin by declaring an interest: my wife, Marie-France, is a Dutch national and our three children are half-Dutch. So many British families are similar to ours, with relatives born in Ireland or in other EU countries. The 3 million or so EU nationals living here are the fathers and mothers, aunties and uncles, and grandmas and granddads of millions of British children. To...


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