The Liberal Democrats have criticised the Conservative Government for voting against the right of thousands of EU nationals in our area to stay, as a majority of MPs gave the final go-ahead to a Hard Brexit.
Kent Conservative MPs overturned amendments backed by the Liberal Democrats to give Parliament a vote on the terms of the deal and to guarantee the right of EU nationals to stay after Brexit.
Lib Dem parliamentary spokesman Alan Bullion commented:
“On this historic occasion, Prime Minister Theresa May have chosen to support a hard Brexit and to vote against giving EU nationals living here the right to stay.
“This is a betrayal of thousands of people from the EU in our constituency as well as their friends, colleagues and neighbours.
“Dozens and dozens of local nurses and doctors from the EU are already worried about their futures here, this vote sends them completely the wrong signal at a time when our NHS is already facing huge pressures.
“Sadly, you can’t have a hard Brexit and a strong NHS.
“Unlike our MPs, the Liberal Democrats will keep fighting to give EU nationals living in Sevenoaks and Swanley the certainty they deserve and to stand up against a damaging hard Brexit.”