Over five million people's lives are currently frozen in time and space. It is telling that the only solution that would protect them does not come from the British government or the EU but from the citizens themselves.
The government has kept us guessing for a year. It has kept employers and landlords guessing too who are wondering whether EU citizens are too risky to employ or house. Lives are on hold. People have lost faith in the government after many u-turns by politicians who promised our lives wouldn't be affected by the referendum outcome.
One of Europe's oldest democracies is in trouble. We need nuance, grownup debate, compromise, rather than a binary "you lost, we won" attitude. Britain has 20 years of structural neglect to make up for. Blaming foreigners and using the language of war will do nothing to help us prosper. May is no Churchill and the EU is not the enemy. Proportionate representation and a fair, free press would restore my faith in the country I call my home
The vote in the Lords restored some much-needed sanity to the debate about EU citizens' rights. It finally gave a public, and a political, voice to three million people who couldn't vote in the referendum and have been feeling speechless ever since. The Lords sent a strong message to Theresa May: people have been struggling with the uncertainty, and leaving their future hanging during the negotiation process goes against the very British principle of fairness.
"This is not your country" - my neighbour said to me 20 years ago after a louder-than-usual party the previous night... An Irish friend came to my rescue, telling her that England wasn't his country either and that she should be ashamed of herself. Now, after 25 years of living, working and raising a family in the UK, the same is happening again: friends and strangers are coming up to me to remind me how much I am part of this country.
05/12/2016 16:29 GMT
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