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>> Thousands of migrants staged a day of action across the UK Monday. Either walking out of work, or taking part in events to highlight their contribution to the British economy.>> This idea that there's a finite labor market. If all the migrants went, all those jobs would go to British people.
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Just doesn't work.>> Called one day without us, it was the first day of action as Brexit looms large.>> I'm Reuter's Emily Wither in Westminster. As lawmakers inside begin debasing the bill that will pave the way for Brexit, out here EU nationals are linking arms and waving their flags in a show of unity.
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This is just one of many demonstrations that are taking place across the UK.>> Second reading of the European union->> Britain's house of lords began debating the Brexit bill, which if passed will give the government the go-ahead to formally start talks on divorce proceedings with the European Union.
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Lawmakers have already beat the proposed law, authorizing Prime Minister, Theresa May, to inform the EU if the UKs intention to leave.>>
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]>> But the leader has yet to end the uncertainty Over whether the more than 3 million EU citizens living in the UK who were born elsewhere in Europe are allowed to stay.
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Linda runs an Italian restaurant in central London. She decided to close this lunch time bringing her staff all from the continent down to parliament.>> It's a general feeling that is important to recognize the impact that the immigrants has got here in London, but generally everywhere. Italy has got a long history of immigration, so we really felt that it was important to be part of the day.
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>> Also participating in the campaign, around 1,000 EU citizens. Lobbying lawmakers for a guarantee that they can stay in the country post-Brexit. While Linda's customers may have missed out on their bollinays this lunchtime, organizers hope it sends a clear message about just how essential they are.