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May 26, 2018 13 tweets 4 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
What swung the vote to yes (#repealthe8th) was the personal stories of women who had to go abroad, who were forced to carry to term. Meanwhile the UK establishment is bent on going ahead with Brexit in spite of all the heart-rending stories of @The3Million and @BritishInEurope 1/
Never during the Stronger In campaign were we actually talked about as people - with homes, families, friends, who contribute. Axel Scheffler said in his moving speech that the Leave vote hurts and makes him angry every day, it felt like a bitter rejection 2/
The way to dehumanize people is two ways.
1. Numbers game: talk about people in "liquid metaphors" (floods of people, streams of migrants)
2. Linking EU citizens and crime: talk about "EU killers we failed to deport" (@DailyMailUK) 3/
Even now we are not human beings. We are still human shields, or bargaining chips to get a better deal. The EU and UK are haggling over our rights. If you are not @BritishInEurope or @The3Million it's hard to convey to you how dispiriting it is to see and hear about this 4/
It is dispiriting to see the UK eager to take away our right to appeal decisions of the HO (noted for its incompetence) by the immigration exemption to the Data Protection Act: the implication is clear - human rights are for British only, not for migrants. 5/
I will never forgive Cameron for using us like means to an end in this way. I will never forgive the UK government for treating us this way. I don't want to become British but if I must, I will never, ever vote Tory. 6/
I write blogposts on this issue regularly (such as this one). Blogposts I've never thought I had to write, to basically say we are human beings and are entitled to dignity, autonomy, and respect. Just like the women of Ireland.
medium.com/p/betrayed-tru… 7/
And I get letters every day. I would like to quote from one I just got yesterday, a French citizen who lived in the UK. This letter is just one among many I received. 8/
Excerpt: "I have since left Brexit Britain where I studied, got married to my British husband and gave birth to my children. I will never set foot in the U.K. though. Part of me has died."
Come on British establishment, wake up? Are you seriously doing this to people? 9/
Is immigration control worth all this human cost? Why isn't there a big change in attitude, like in Ireland, where people felt moved with compassion by stories about women who were forced to go abroad for abortions? 10/
Are we not your friends, neighbours, co-workers? Don't you see the hurt this is causing us?
Just last week a German family moved out from my village due to Brexit. And two more families with non-UK citizens are moving this summer, due to Brexit. 11/
I am non-plussed at this point that people fail to be moved. That people can still callously say "We don't mean you"and think that lets them morally off the hook. While meanwhile people I know are terrified of this settled status application process, of being rejected 12/
Terrified of losing their home. And people just don't seem to care. It's profoundly dispiriting. /ends

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More from @Helenreflects

Sep 21, 2018
Damn right @BritishInEurope - It's just not right to put the lives of 5+ million people on the negotiation table, to be haggled over like chattel, together with aviation, borders and trade. We, @The3Million too, deserve respect. 1/
They should've done this from the beginning, ringfenced our rights from the beginning. Just take people off the negotiating table from the start.
Negotiating over people's lives is something you do in wartime, not in a peacetime (albeit tricky) negotiation. 2/
I for one don't believe in the warm words of the UK.
See things like this: independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-n…
Note Windrush generation people are BRITISH citizens who are now being refused the passports that by rights are theirs.
We the 3 million aren't even British citizens. 3/
Read 8 tweets
Sep 21, 2018
Thread on the backstop and why it may be more feasible than thought before.
With Chequers dead, it's clear now UK must choose between
-No deal (economic suicide)
-Remain in EU (tories would sooner drop dead)
-Backstop (special arrangement for N Ireland)
-Stay in SM/CU 1/
I'd love to have Remain or Stay in SM and CU. But let's look a bit more closely at the backstop option. A timely reminder that the Cabinet has AGREED to the backstop. It is necessary for the Good Friday Agreement 2/
The backstop is not, as the DUP wants us to believe, a first step towards Northern Irish unification. Rather it's a N Ireland specific solution to keep N Ireland in SM and CU until a better solution is found. See here for explainer video: 3/
Read 8 tweets
Sep 18, 2018
You know what is so very depressing about the MAC report about immigration and its impact? The wide disparity between their recommendations and the evidence they find about freedom of movement. It's pure ideology. 1/
Read here for the report gov.uk/government/pub…
And see here an illuminating thread by @The3Million that summarizes some main points. 2/
Just some highlights:
*over their lifetime EU citizens contribute £78,000 more than they receive benefits and cost in the provision of public services
*by contrast non-EU workers contribute £28,000
*EU citizens don't weigh on the NHS, schools, housing and don't depress wages 3/
Read 24 tweets
Sep 17, 2018
Little reflective thread. My friend @HaseltonMarlies has been making these poignant, bleak photos of everyday scenes in the UK before it leaves the EU in her #LastMonthsBeforeBrexit series. I've been thinking of where we are now... 1/
I was devastated on 24 June 2016, although I worried Leave might win. In the course of the day I wrote "the UK voted to wreck itself economically to get rid of foreigners". Goodness did I get a lot of grief about that. Lots of people unfriended me, and I unfriended lots others 2/
Including that well-educated (Oxford educated!) white British guy who was joking about that he and others should organize a "leaver's party". Slowly, my anger towards Brexiters has decreased in the a bit over 2 years that followed. However, my anger towards the UK has not. 3/
Read 16 tweets
Sep 17, 2018
Katie Hopkins filing for insolvency after being sued for libel. If the whole case demonstrates one thing, it's that the bar for a "journalist" to be noteworthy is stunningly low if you write offensive, politically incorrect things. 1/
Let's review the glaring lack of originality in her tweets.
Ginger babies are like babies, but "that much harder to love".
Telling fat people how to dress: "skinny jeans are only for skinny people" it got 780 likes, but just sounds like that bitchy girl in high school 2/
I mean, for real? I'm reminded of a scene in that Steve Martin movie Roxanne, where the big nosed protagonist invites a heckler to come up with more creative ways to insult him 3/
Read 9 tweets
Sep 16, 2018
Some quick thoughts on why @UKLabour should support a people's vote. This article is not a big headline but still pretty significant as it gives insight into how Brexiters are thinking. No matter what deal is struck, they can always unpick after 1/

So let's recap:
* A deal that is as good as EU membership does not exist. It isn't there. It isn't happening. The government's own projections indicate that even full EEA membership will come with substantial loss of GDP. 2/
* A deal significantly worse than EU membership *might* be in the cards. Now perhaps Labour wants to go through with that because any person likely to defect to UKIP is apparently much more valuable to keep than a disappointed Remain voter. 3/
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