Liberal Democrats condemn Labour’s failure to oppose Immigration bill

The Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats have condemned the Labour Party’s failure to oppose Theresa May’s flagship Brexit immigration bill. The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill will end freedom of movement between Britain and the EU and allow the government to make further immigration changes without consulting parliament.

The bill passed in Parliament on 28/01 after Labour left their decision to oppose it too late in the day, by which point many of their MPs had left the House of Commons and they fell short of the numbers required to defeat the Government. They had earlier pledged to support the bill but changed their minds following social media pressure. Absentees included Poplar & Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick.


Councillor Rabina Khan said:

“The passing of the Immigration bill is a sad day for Tower Hamlets and Britain. This bill further increases the uncertainties faced by European citizens in our community and limits the opportunities our young people will have in the future. Labour should be embarrassed at themselves for their half-hearted attempt at opposition. Mayor Biggs needs to speak out and explain how Tower Hamlets council will limit the impact on local people.”


Elaine Bagshaw, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Poplar & Limehouse said:

“Labour and Jim Fitzpatrick’s failure to oppose Theresa May’s flagship immigration bill once again demonstrates that they cannot be trusted on Brexit, and they cannot be trusted on immigrants’ rights. The Tory betrayal of the Windrush generation also shows that the government cannot be trusted with further powers to change immigration law at will. Unlike the two big parties the Liberal Democrats want Britain to remain in the EU, believe that freedom of movement enables economic growth, and respect the amazing contribution that immigrants have made to this country.”


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