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May apologises for saying EU employees cannot ‘soar the queue’

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May makes a press release within the House of Commons, London, Britain November 26, 2018. Parliament TV handout through REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May apologised on Monday for saying that European Union migrant employees coming to Britain would not have the ability to “jump the queue” after Brexit.

May was challenged by a Scottish National Party lawmaker within the House of Commons over the remark she made final week to business leaders. Philippa Whitford requested May if she would apologise for managing “to insult and upset over 3 million European citizens who live and work in this country”.

“I should not have used that language in that speech,” May mentioned in response. “Right from the very beginning I said that citizens rights was a key issue that I wanted to see addressed in the withdrawal agreement.”

Reporting by Kate Holton and Alistair Smout; modifying by William Schomberg

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