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Brexit & Poverty: We’ll keep fighting for solidarity

Posted: 29/03/2017

Brexit & Poverty: We’ll keep fighting for solidarity

For Immediate Release, 29 March 2017

 
On the day that the UK Government triggers article 50 and begins the process of leaving the EU, anti-poverty campaigners have highlighted the importance of continuing to work with organisations across Europe and the need for solidarity within and between countries if we are to make progress in tackling poverty.
 
The Poverty Alliance, who are members of the European Anti-Poverty Network, organised an event earlier in the week to consider what Brexit means for employment rights and social protection in Scotland.  Attendees raised repeatedly the fact that there needs to be a focus on how people will be affected by Brexit, including what the implications are for EU migrants living in the UK.  
 
Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said:
 
“It is clear that there remains a great deal of uncertainty about what Brexit will mean for people living in Scotland, particularly for those on low incomes.
 
“Our members have raised concerns about the rolling back of employment rights, the impact on the NHS, and the future for EU migrants living in the UK.
 
“To date, people have not been at the heart of discussions about Brexit with focus being on the impact on financial services, trade etc.
 
“We believe that there is real risk that in turning our back on Europe we are turning our backs on a progressive alliance and the potential to lose shared practice.
 
“We need to be concerned not only with potential regression but also the lack of further progression.
 
“For our part, the Poverty Alliance will continue to work with organisations across Europe and to fight for solidarity”.
 
ENDS
 
For more information, contact Carla McCormack, Policy and Parliamentary Officer, on 0141 353 0440 or email carla.mccormack@povertyalliance.org
 

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