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Cllr John Feely dismayed at MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone

Published: 7 July, 2016

Councillor John Feely has expressed dismay that the MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone has failed to help protect the rights of EU citizens living in Britain.

Speaking from Belleek, Mr Feely said:

"Yesterday there was a vote in Westminster that noted that approximately three million citizens from other EU states are living in Britain.

"It rejected that these men and women should be used as bargaining chips in any future negotiations between the EU and Britain. It went on to call on the British government to commit to allowing them to remain living in Britain.

"It had support from across all parties including Boris Johnson and the DUP. Unfortunately, two MPs, both of them UUP, saw fit to vote both for and against it, in effect abstaining from a vitally important vote.

"One of these being the MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone.

"How I long for the days when we had an abstentionist MP who showed decency, compassion and moral courage. "Fermanagh South Tyrone voted almost sixty percent to forty to remain in the EU.

"'Our' MP seems to be trying to ride two horses at the same time when what he is actually doing is failing to represent anyone or show any leadership what so ever.

"These EU citizens that he can't see fit to support in these uncertain times are the doctors and nurses who keep our health service going. They are the vets who come out to our sick animals at night to tend to them.

"They are the people who teach us languages like Spanish and French in our schools and colleges. They are the people who work in the tourism sector which plays such an important role in our local communities.

"That Tom Elliott doesn't seem to understand the valued contribution of all these people is another sad indictment of the politician. One that I hope the voters on Fermanagh South Tyrone won't forget."