As Citizens’ Rights negotiations head into a pivotal period, the3Million and British in Europe have once again worked together to send every EU27 member a letter outlining our concerns and detailing our roadmap to reaching a successful conclusion.
Sent to coincide with their arrival at the first EU Social Summit for 20 years, the accompanying email explains:
“We are writing to you on behalf of the3million and British in Europe at a critical phase in the Brexit negotiations. The view has been advanced that a deal on citizens’ rights is within ‘touching distance’. However, we consider that there are fundamental stumbling blocks to reaching an agreement which truly reflects the stated aim as expressed by both sides that ‘Brexit does not alter the nature of people’s daily lives’. Please find attached a letter setting out our roadmap to achieve a comprehensive agreement on citizens’ rights that will preserve all our existing rights under EU law.
We call upon your Government to show its commitment to the social, political and work rights of 5 million EU citizens on both sides of the English Channel who have put their faith in the European project. We ask you to help reach a constructive consensus among the EU27 on citizens’ rights before the December European Council summit – and to ensure that s decision on ‘sufficient progress’ and for the talks to move on to the next phase is only made if the outstanding fundamental issues that we raise in our letter are agreed.”
Ahead of the Social Summit, President Juncker said: “Europe is slowly turning the page on years of economic crisis but it has not yet surmounted the biggest social crisis it has known for generations. The challenges of youth unemployment, inequality and a transforming world of work are ones we all face. In Gothenburg, we have a unique opportunity to seek out common solutions. This should be a landmark moment – with the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, we are showing our joint commitment to protect and uphold the rights of equality, fairness and opportunity that we all stand for and that all citizens are entitled to. And it must also be the first step of many in this direction.”
This therefore seems the perfect opportunity to remind them of their commitments to the 5 million currently living in limbo and to deliver our road map for the way forward.