There is little more important for us happening right now than the Westminster preparing for the final vote on the article 50 bill.
The ruling Conservative party is pressing on with passing the bill, in spite of a rather grim outlook for the economy and lengthy and complex negotiations, the results of which are much out of their hands.
Stephen Crabb, a former work and pension secretary, urged PM to rework system as there is nothing to suggest a reduction of migrants is achievable or desirable.
“For many, a vote for Brexit was indeed a vote to take back control and return to Westminster the full tools to cut immigration,” Crabb said in a article for the Guardian.
“The problem is that, set against the popular expectation that Brexit means cutting immigration, there is nothing on the horizon to suggest that achieving any significant reduction is achievable or even desirable.”
Meanwhile, Labour have prepared a large number of amendments on topics ranging from EU citizens to second referendums. Last week Dawn Butler, Rachel Maskell, and Jo Stevens came out of the shadow cabinet in order to vote against the bill on its second reading, and other MPs have said they will vote against it on its third reading if Labour amendments are not accepted – a stand also supported by the TSSA union boss Manuel Cortes, one of the major Corbyn backers.
The LibDems have opened a well-timed petition, urging the Parliament to guarantee the right to stay for the EU citizens http://www.libdems.org.uk/right-to-stay.
Please sign and keep your fingers crossed for a possibly little-damaging outcome.