Letter: Defy populist politics

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Sir,

I am struck by the comments of Theresa May that her Brexit plan will stop EU migrants jumping the queue to work in the UK.

How low the UK has sunk that its Brexiteer government is spreading resentment towards European citizens, classing them as queue jumpers.

These individuals took no part in this mess and work here legally and contribute to the country in so many different ways.

They have the same general right of freedom of movement that allows British people the opportunity to work in Berlin and Paris, or retire in Spain.

Their reward seems to be an increasingly hostile atmosphere.

Ms May makes no mention of British queue jumpers in other EU countries, symptomatic no doubt of the same attitude that classes those Brits abroad as expats.

While those from EU countries who work here are immigrants, an increasingly negative term.

Since the referendum in 2016 there has been an alarming increase in both veiled and more explicit verbal abuse to EU nationals.

Step forward those innocent EU nationals in our midst.

The UK has taken a wrong turn, as exhibited by the dog-whistle politics of Ms May and her Tory government.

As the UK enters full panic mode, the victim of a bitter and corrupted Etonian gamble gone very wrong, we must support those EU nationals in our midst and defy this populist rhetoric.

Alex Orr

Edinburgh.