Theresa May's attack on Nicola Sturgeon could not be more hypocritical

Louis Dor
Friday 03 March 2017 11:15
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On Wednesday, peers in the House of Lords backed an amendment from Labour peer Baroness Hayter.

Amendment 9B stipulated that within three months of exercising Article 50, Ministers must bring forward proposals to ensure the EU citizens currently in the UK continue to be treated in the same way with regards to their rights and residency.

The government has vowed to overturn this amendment.

A spokesman for the Department for Exiting the EU said:

Our position on EU nationals has repeatedly been made clear. We want to guarantee the rights of EU citizens who are already living in Britain, and the rights of British nationals living in other member states, as early as we can.

Theresa May will argue against this in attempting to overturn the amendment - saying she won't guarantee these rights until equivalent assurances are made for Britons living abroad.

In essence she's saying she'll retract a guarantee suggested by the Lords until she receives the same guarantee from EU nations. That's how little she wants to extend an olive branch.

In a BBC interview 1 March, Theresa May attacked the SNP for focusing on independence rather than trying to improve living standards:

I can't help but feel that the SNP has a tunnel vision about independence. I think what people want is for the SNP government to get on with dealing with the issues they want to see addressed on a day-to-day basis.

People in Scotland deserve a First Minister who is focused on their priorities – raising standards in education, taking care of the health service, reforming criminal justice, helping the economy prosper, improving people’s lives.

As people have pointed out, Theresa May is a fine one to talk about these topics mid-Brexit.

Pot, meet Kettle.

HT PoliticsHome

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