It’s time for the pro-EU debate to focus on immigration, says Lucas

7 March 2016

It’s time for the pro-EU debate to focus on immigration, says Lucas
 
Caroline Lucas, Green MP, has said the remain campaign has so far shied away from the subject of immigration, fearing a backlash. But we need to stand up for immigration, she argues.
 
Speaking at the London School of Economics, Lucas said we need to stand up for the many benefits of free-movement that we all enjoy: “No case for the EU is complete without making clear just how much we value the contributions of our fellow Europeans to our country.
 
“They are our doctors, our nurses, our shopkeepers, our plumbers, our teachers, our professors, our builders.”
 
Calling on all of us to think about the issue in a more local, more personal way, she asks us to consider the friends of ours who are from continental Europe, and others who have moved to other European countries to work or retire.
 
All of these issues should form a part of the EU referendum discussion: “failing to make clear just how much we value EU nationals’ part in the UK’s story would be a dereliction of our duty as progressives”, she states.