BREXIT: Dangers of repatriation

I note with concern that the MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, voted against an amendment to the Article 50 Bill which would have guaranteed the rights of EU citizens in any negotiations about Brexit.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 26th February 2017, 5:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 11:34 am

I believe this could lead to forced repatriation of our fellow European Union citizens.

Before she took this voting decision, I trust Mrs Trevelyan undertook consultation with families, EU citizens and businesses in her constituency so that she could have a full awareness of the impact this will have on the area.

Did she talk to the firms in this and neighbouring areas which rely on labour from the EU to ensure farming and food processing can continue? Did she talk to the businesses which have been established in her constituency by EU citizens, and which pay tax and employ many other people?

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Were the hotels and other tourist trades consulted about how they will cope in busy summer periods without support from EU workers who come here and pay tax?

More importantly, did she talk to the families of such citizens to explain how forced repatriation would mean forced sales of houses and other property, children removed from schools, friendships broken, careers ended and businesses closed?

I have one colleague whose son asks most evenings when they are coming to take mummy away from him as she is German. Another French friend is a full-time carer for her partner with MS and frets daily about what will happen when she is forced to leave.

Forced repatriation will wreck families’ lives, businesses, careers and education.

Could Mrs Trevelyan explain to her constituents how holding stations, transit camps and forced removal of EU citizens could become possible in 2017 without any mandate from the electorate?

Gordon Smith,