On Sunday I held a meeting in my constituency to discuss the Brexit vote.
Since the vote I have received a lot of correspondence from my constituents so I wanted the chance to address the issues that have been raised by holding the meeting which took place in Bebington.
Wirral marginally voted to remain in the EU and I know that many people living here have expressed concerns about what the result might mean for their lives. Whether you voted to leave or stay in the EU it is the case that the result will mean changes for our country and this can be a source on anxiety for people.
I want to say to all EU nationals living on the Wirral that I want them to feel welcome here. Theresa May has caused concern by not committing to confirming the status of EU nationals living here and Britons living in Europe.
EU nationals will feel anxious about their future at this time and it is right that those who have lived in the UK prior to the vote should be given confirmation whether they will be able to continue to stay here. Leaving them in limbo is not moral or acceptable. Labour held a vote on this issue last week and there was an overwhelming result of 245 in the Commons from MPs who voted in favour of allowing EU nationals living here the right to remain. Many EU citizens have built their lives in this country and contributed and this treatment of them is unfair. People from EU countries need to be able to plan their futures just like everybody else living here does and this refusing to commit to allowing them to stay is messing with their lives. I will be working to pressure the government to confirm their status.
My priority is to monitor the impact of Brexit on our local area and on our public services such as the NHS. We are in the early stages of leaving the EU and there is still much uncertainty but I will be meeting with people such as the Chief Executive of Arrowe Park to discuss the result and I will continue to listen to all my constituents about their views on the EU no matter which way they decided to vote.