Since the Brexit vote on 23rd June 2016, there has been much controversy about the long-term status of current EU nationals living in the United Kingdom.
Labour are very clear in our belief that they must all be allowed to stay. The Labour Group believes all EU nationals living in Northampton should be allowed to stay in our town.
Following Brexit there has been a spike in hate crime and so the Labour Group are calling on the Council and partner agencies to take a tough stance against hate crime and racism.
Cllr Danielle Stone, Leader of the Labour Group, said:
“EU citizens who have come to our town in recent years have made a really positive contribution to our communities and we are of the firm view that they should be allowed to stay. We are pleased that one local MP Andrea Leadsom has supported this view. However, it is disappointing that the Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Home Secretary, Michael Ellis MP, has declined to do likewise. Northampton is stronger thanks to European Union citizens living here.
Our motion at the next full Council meeting will be condemning hate crime, racism and xenophobia. We are a town of many of faiths. We want to reassure all people living in Northampton that they are valued members of our community, regardless of nationality, and this will long continue. Northampton Borough Council must help its partners to fight this hate crime in the town.”