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Friday, 3 March 2017

The House of Lords are not "thwarting the British people"

The House of Lords appear hell-bent on thwarting the will of the people.(says Richard Drax)

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Richard Drax MP for South Dorset
Another Conservative MP "hell-bent on" distorting fact to fit his warped view of reality. Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax (known as Richard Drax), is the Conservative Party MP for South Dorset, who says that he supports the Second Chamber. He qualifies such support however with the comment "but a rethink is needed", particularly it seems when the Second Chamber does not agree with his lemming like obsession to follow the Theresa May commandment of hard Brexit.
The House of Lords amendment, guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens in the UK as part of Brexit Bill, is not " thwarting the will of the people", as Drax so dramatically and hysterically labels it. The reality is that the amendment quite rightly and properly, seeks to give Europeans who in many cases have been living and working in the United Kingdom for some years, contributing to the British economy, paying taxes and filling important and useful roles in society, a guarantee of their rights following Brexit. For Theresa May (and others) to give some vague assurances that these rights will be incorporated into the Brexit negotiations after Article 50 has been triggered, is simply not credible as we have heard such promises on many matters in the past, all of which have been discarded within weeks.

By opposing and criticising the Lords amendment (and those Peers supporting it), the Prime Minister along with Drax and the other supporters of the "hard Brexit" line, pave the way for the obscene prospect of hundreds of thousands or even more "Non British" Europeans being expelled from this country following Brexit. The scenario would be reminiscent of Idi Amin and the expulsion of thousands of Asians from Uganda or even worse expulsions in recent history.
In this respect the conservative government and Drax, are following the demands of UKIP and other extreme parties and individuals, who are openly racist and have little if any regard for the justice and equity in respect of the Europeans now in this country.

The House of Lords was absolutely right in passing this amendment. The Lords are not seeking to "thwart the will of the British people" but are in fact, upholding the British tradition of fair play and justice.