James O'Brien Hammers Government's £65 EU Citizen Charge

22 June 2018, 14:27

James O'Brien has labelled the government's plan to charge EU citizens £65 to remain in the UK after Brexit as gross.

The LBC presenter was angry that people who have lived here for 20 years are being forced to pay to stay in the houses they own.

Speaking on his LBC show, he said: "You remember when we started beginning to realise just how bad Brexit would impact upon some people?

"Today, they learn that if they've lived here for five years or more then you can pay for the privilege of carrying on teaching our children and driving our delivery trucks and treating are elderly parents and running our trains.

"Congratulations, you can stay in your own home that you've bought with money that you earned and taxes that you paid, you can stay in your own home. Congratulations, you can stay but you have to just pay us 65 quid.

James O'Brien in the LBC studio
James O'Brien in the LBC studio. Picture: LBC

"You can carry on wiping the backsides of geriatric patients in old people's homes, but you're going to have to pay us 65 quid for the privilege.

"And that's why I'm not minded this morning to suggest that 65 quid isn't really a large sum of money because the idea that you have now being told this morning that you can stay in your own home, in the only home that your children have ever known, you can stay in the job that you do and pay taxes at the same level as everybody else in the business, you can do this, you can do that, you can stay, as long as you pay.

"And I think it's really gross, really grim and very very sad."