THERESA MAY said she regrets saying EU workers will no longer be able to ‘jump the queue’ after Brexit.
The prime minister was widely condemned when she told a CBI conference last week: ‘It will no longer be the case that EU nationals, regardless of the skills or experience they have to offer, can jump the queue ahead of engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi.’
SNP MP Philippa Whitford (pictured) said the comment had ‘insulted and upset’ more than 3million people. ‘Over 150,000 of them — like my German husband, a GP who has been here over 30 years — felt thrown away when they have spent decades here looking after us when we are ill,’ she said.
Mrs May replied: ‘I should not have used that language in that speech. But can I also say that most people here in the UK want people to be judged on their skills and contribution to our economy rather than simply where they come from.’