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British election: Labour offers Brexit pledge on EU nationals

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By Seamus Kearney
British election: Labour offers Brexit pledge on EU nationals

<p>The stakes have been raised ahead of Britain’s early election in June, with the opposition Labour Party setting out its Brexit strategy.</p> <p>Attempting to tackle Prime Minister Theresa May’s lead in the opinion polls, Labour says if it wins power it will immediately guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK. </p> <p>Keir Starmer, Labour’s Brexit spokesman, said: “We accept that immigration rules are going to have to change when we leave the EU.</p> <p>“But we don’t accept that immigration should be the only overarching priority, the only red line. </p> <p>“Nor do we believe that leaving the EU means that we have to sever all of our ties with Europe. We have a very different vision.”</p> <p>“On day one of a Labour Government we will immediately guarantee that all EU nationals currently living in the UK will see no change in their legal status as a result of Brexit. Day one, big commitment.”</p> <p>Prime Minister Theresa May campaigned in Bridgend in Wales on Tuesday.</p> <p>Despite her lead in the polls, May is promising a tough fight for votes on the campaign trail.</p> <p>She said: “We want to get votes and support here in Wales because that would strengthen my hand in the Brexit negotiations. </p> <p>“The vote for any other party would be a vote for a weak and failing Jeremy Corbyn, propped up by a coalition of chaos which would risk our national future.”</p> <p>The opposition parties are scrambling to organise manifestos, caught off guard by May calling an election three years before it was due to be held.</p>