Responding to the appointment of Dominic Raab as Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, Jane Golding, Chair of British in Europe said:
‘If Mr Raab wishes to stamp his own mark on this new job from Day One he could differentiate himself from David Davis by inviting British in Europe and the3million to a meeting to discuss what Brexit means for the 4.6mn people directly and immediately affected by it.
However, along with our colleagues in the3million, we also think that this kind of uncertainty and changeover this late in the game increases the danger of a no deal Brexit. While some Conservative MPs seem to think this outcome is preferable to a bad deal, it would cause havoc and disruption for the 1.3mn British nationals living on the continent as well as around 3mn EU citizens in the UK.
We don’t know what David Davis’s resignation means for our citizens’ rights in the long term but in the short term it is unhelpful and unsettling.
We also need to know more about the Cabinet proposal agreed on Friday and how it would affect our rights, not least free movement which, the Chequers’ deal clearly states will come to an end.
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