June 05, 2018
Bremain in Spain (http://www.bremaininspain.com ), a group campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain and the EU, reacts to Lord Nigel Lawson seeking French citizenship.
Lawson, who was the former Conservative chancellor under Margaret Thatcher (1983-89), is applying for French citizenship after many years of living in France.
As chair of the Vote Leave campaign, Lord Lawson is facing accusations of profound hypocrisy over the move.
Sue Wilson, Chair of Bremain in Spain, said: “Lawson can’t have been surprised to be ridiculed for his hypocrisy and insensitivity. He described the process of applying for residency in the EU as merely tiresome. I’m sure for others with similar resources, that may be true. For those not as privileged, the process may well prove more burdensome, stressful and costly.”
“Lawson, who lives in a country house in Gers, south-west France, is embarking on the very course of action he wants to deny future generations. It’s impossible not to think there’s one rule for some and another for the connected, the powerful and the wealthy.”
“Lawson has been an outspoken Brexiter, as keen to leave the EU as Farage or Davis. He seems quite prepared to sacrifice our freedom of movement rights, so long as his personal circumstances aren’t affected. A clear case of ‘I’m alright Jacques’.”