Local elections can change Brexit, Labour tell EU citizens

Local elections can change Brexit, Labour tell EU citizens

Labour have been accused of “desperation” after suggesting in letters to EU residents in the London Borough of Harrow that voting for them in the local elections this week could change the course of Brexit.

Based on an election communication passed to BrexitCentral, the party appears to be micro-targeting EU nationals with a letter supposedly from a Romanian living in Harrow called Monica who claims that the Conservatives are “exploiting EU nationals” and “playing politics with our lives”.

The letter, received by a Romanian-born resident in the north west London borough, seemingly seeks to fuel an atmosphere of fear about EU citizens’ right post-Brexit:

“This will be the last time I can vote before Brexit… The Labour Party has been fighting for EU nationals [sic] rights in Parliament. The Conservative Party has not, they will give us fewer rights. The Labour Party has been fighting against Conservative plans for a hard Brexit, and I hope you will join me in using your vote for Labour to tell the Conservative Party to change course.”

Councillors elected to local councils can expect to influence policy on issues like social care, parking permits and bin collections but have no influence on Britain’s departure from the EU.

Moreover, the letter claims EU citizens’ rights are at stake despite the UK Government and European Commission having agreed a deal on EU citizens’ rights in March.

Conservative Group leader in Harrow, Paul Osborn, told BrexitCentral:

“Labour are increasingly desperate, playing both sides of Brexit while failing to address their terrible failures to run the basic services we all rely on. Local elections should be about local issues.”

The Labour party refused a request for comment.