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Christians urged to stand with EU citizens facing uncertain UK future

Highlighting the contribution European Union workers make to the UK economy, the One Day Without Us campaign has also seen some businesses shut their doors for the day.

Supporting the campaign, Simon Barrow from the Christian think-tank Ekklesia told Premier: "It's certainly a call for Christians to stand in solidarity with migrant workers ...who are visiting here, who are traveling here, who are temporarily resident here, who are living here permanently as so on..."

"We're called not just to love friends and those who are like us, but even to love our enemies and adversaries, [and] certainly to love those who are visitors, strangers in our land..."

The day of action comes two weeks after an amendment safeguarding the rights of EU citizens following the UK's EU withdrawal was rejected during a vote by MPs.

Meanwhile, 50 MPs met with 1,000 EU citizens at the Houses of Parliament on Monday to discuss the issue, after a flash mob dance was held in nearby Parliament Square.

Ahead of attending the meeting, Christian and Labour MP Stephen Timms told Premier's News Hour: "It's wrong for people to be left for any period of time in that position of uncertainty.

"I think we ought to be able to assure that as EU citizenships who are in the UK lawfully at the moment, that they will be able to stay after Brexit if they choose to."

Speaking about the response he wanted to see from the government, Stephen Timms added: "They should unilaterally give those rights to EU citizens living in the UK because that's the best way, in my view, to persuade the other European countries to follow suit but the government hasn't yet agreed to that argument."

Click here to listen to MP Stephen Timms speaking with Premier's Aaron James:

Click here to listen to Simon Barrow from the Ekklesia think-tank speaking with Premier's Alex Williams:

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