Jeremy Corbyn ridicules Theresa May EU migrants pledge: 'A weak message from a weak Prime Minister'

Jeremy Corbyn used social media to aim a dig at May

Jeremy Corbyn published a response to May on Facebook

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has ridiculed Theresa May after the Prime Minister published an open letter about migrants from the European Union.

May published the letter on Facebook as she heads to Brussels for crucial talks on Brexit with the EU's negotiation team. The letter, which can be read in full here, is an attempt to clarify the future status of EU migrants, a key source of contention during the negotiations thus far.

May wrote: "I have been clear throughout this process that citizens’ rights are my first priority. And I know my fellow leaders have the same objective: to safeguard the rights of EU nationals living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU.

"I want to give reassurance that this issue remains a priority, that we are united on the key principles, and that the focus over the weeks to come will be delivering an agreement that works for people here in the UK, and people in the EU.

"When we started this process, some accused us of treating EU nationals as bargaining chips. Nothing could have been further from the truth. EU citizens who have made their lives in the UK have made a huge contribution to our country. And we want them and their families to stay. I couldn’t be clearer: EU citizens living lawfully in the UK today will be able to stay."

But Corbyn said the message didn't go far enough, and ridiculed May for her weakness.

He posted a response to May's Facebook post, saying: "Let’s be clear, despite the rhetoric, this letter still doesn’t guarantee the rights of EU nationals to remain in the UK.

"This is a weak message from a weak Prime Minister, which offers no assurances to the three million people who have been faced with insecurity and uncertainty, treated as a bargaining chip by a Government that should have guaranteed their rights immediately after the referendum.

"Labour has been clear throughout that we would unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the UK and seek reciprocal arrangements for British citizens living in mainland Europe."