Julia Hartley-Brewer asks Labour Brexit peer: Why don't we blame Angela Merkel for EU migrant deadlock?

Brexit: Julia Hartley-Brewer says 'Angela Merkel and the European Union are playing with people's lives'

The UK must trigger Article 50 before negotiations

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Julia Hartley-Brewer believes Angela Merkel and the European Union are to blame for the impasse over the rights of EU nationals in the UK - not Theresa May.

Our presenter was speaking to Baroness Dianne Hayter, Labour's point-person on Brexit in the Lords, about news that peers are expected to amend the Article 50 bill to protect the rights of EU nationals already living in Britain.

The decision, which will delay the process of triggering Article 50, comes amid heavy criticism of Mrs May for a perceived reluctance to provide clarity on the future of EU migrants.

But Julia said that, far from being the Prime Minister's fault, "it is Angela Merkel and the European Commission and the European Union that is playing with people's lives," because they won't negotiate until we trigger Article 50.

However Baroness Hayer defended the EU migrant amendment, saying we can’t expect EU nationals "to wait till the end of the process in two and a bit years time. They need to know [their future] now. They can’t put their lives on hold.

"This is an issue for our Prime Minister because it is a decision she can take.

Hayter also believes it is not “a good negotiating tactic to use human beings" and "we don’t want the EU nationals in Britain to be used as a bargaining chip."

Listen to the full interview above