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Launch of Free Movement video campaign

British in Germany has teamed up with British in Europe to produce a video campaign highlighting the positive cases of free movement and calling for this to be put back on the table in negotiations.
We have had two professional videos made and want YOU to support the campaign by making your own videos – watch the instructional video for more information on how to do this.
Please share anywhere and everywhere and encourage your friends/family/colleagues to make their own videos. We are looking forward to seeing your submissions.

View the current videos at our YouTube Channel.

Watch Alex’s story here featured in the title picture above and Jane and Andre’s story here. 

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BiE press release on first day of Brexit negotiations

TIME FOR THE UK TO MAKE CLEAR ITS POSITION ON CITIZENS’ RIGHTS.
THE FUTURE OF 1.2 MILLION UK CITIZENS IS AT STAKE

We, British in Europe, wish David Davis well in the Brexit negotiations with the European Union which start today. We would like to remind him that he and the UK government are also there to represent the 1.2 million UK citizens most directly impacted by Brexit – those who live in the EU and have been in limbo for a year, waiting for talks to start. We expect him to stick to Theresa May’s repeated pledge to make the sorting out of our post-Brexit rights – on the basis of reciprocity – her highest priority.

While the government has been busy in parliament with the Brexit bill and holding elections, British in Europe, the largest coalition of UK citizens in Europe, has been talking directly to the EU negotiators – who have consulted us on their negotiating directives, which they have changed to take on board many of our concerns.

Jane Golding, the Berlin-based Chair of British in Europe, said: “The result is that the EU offer now gives us almost everything we need and abides by a core principle which both sides should respect – that the rights of citizens in place before Brexit (including the 3 million EU citizens in the UK) should remain unchanged. We applaud that, as well as the EU’s transparency in this matter. For the past year Theresa May has repeatedly refused to make a unilateral offer to the 3 million EU citizens in the UK in order, she has said, to protect the rights of the 1.2 million UK citizens in Europe – but we have no detailed information on what that might mean. The EU offer gives plenty of detail and goes almost all the way to guaranteeing all our rights, but everything depends on how the UK decides to respond.  We expect the UK, which has said it will be guided by the principle of reciprocity, to respond with similar magnanimity.”

Fiona Godfrey, Luxembourg-based spokesperson for British in Europe, added: “We and the 3 million EU citizens in the UK must not be used as bargaining chips or for political point-scoring.  With that in mind, British in Europe also urges Mr Davis to persuade EU negotiator Michel Barnier that an early agreement on our rights and those of the 3 million EU citizens in the UK should be ring-fenced against the possible future failure of the other aspects of the withdrawal agreement.  The lack of ring-fencing simply prolongs the uncertainty for up to 5 million UK and EU citizens.”

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Report from Munich Brexit Stammtisch 8th May

Ingrid Taylor reports from Munich:  After two ‘Brexit Countdown’ evenings, it was time for a follow-up ‘Brexit Stammtisch’ to discuss all the events of recent weeks. On Monday, May 8th, a group of around 50 British professionals met to take stock. In a government declaration in the Bundestag, Angela Merkel herself had welcomed the contribution of British people to German society, and said we should stay. And the EU27 is also supporting our interests, as evidenced in their recently published draft negotiating guidelines (the content of which owes much to the efforts of the British in Europe Coalition). But we are still waiting for positive signals from across the Channel….

Brexit Stammtisch, Munich. Lively discussions between company owners, managers, IT specialists, musicians, construction engineers, teachers, translators, patent attorneys, accountants and actuaries. Photo: Dominik Gigler.

Everyone was encouraged to lobby local, national and European politicians, including those in the UK, in order to raise our concerns with those who have influence. A plea was also made for everyone who has a vote in the UK election to use it (with details of how to get your overseas vote on this website) Lawyer David Hole explained the nuances of acquired rights, pointed to the different interpretations on their future and the serious implications of their loss for UK citizens living in the EU27. Rob Harrison outlined the Coalition´s various initiatives and activities. And Monika Haines reported on her survey of local companies, aimed at finding out what their plans are as regards their British employees post-Brexit

 

 

Businessmen exchange views on the impact of Brexit on their Munich-based companies. Photo: Dominik Gigler. Photo: Dominik Gigler.

Guardian Brexit correspondent Lisa O’Carroll came along to report on the event; she highlighted a number of the issues covered, and interviewed individuals about their concerns. 

Read her report here

A British retiree, whose son has mental health problems and is in care, explains her worries to the reporter. Photo: Dominik Gigler.

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Pulse of Europe wins prestigious Berlin Blue Bear Prize

 

Press Release from Pulse of Europe:
Liebe Freunde und Unterstützer
von Pulse of Europe Berlin,
euer Daumen drücken hat sich gelohnt: Wir haben den Blauen Bären 2017 gewonnen! Gestern Abend wurde er uns im Roten Rathaus von Klaus Lederer, Senator für Kultur und Europa, überreicht. Wir sind stolz und überglücklich.
Einen Riesendank an euch alle, die uns Sonntag für Sonntag auf dem Gendarmenmarkt unterstützt haben. Ohne euch hätten wir das nie geschafft.  Der Preis ist eine Auszeichnung für jeden von euch! Nur wir alle zusammen sind der Pulse of Europe Berlin!
Es war ein toller Abend, auf dem viele beeindruckende Projekte vorgestellt wurden, die alle eine Auszeichnung verdient hätten. Platz zwei ging an die Junge Europäische Bewegung Berlin-Brandenburg, Platz drei an den Club der Polnischen Versager. Herzlichen Glückwunsch von uns allen.
Und jetzt lasst die Korken knallen! Krempelt die Ärmel hoch für die nächste Runde! Pulse of Europe im neuen 4-Wochen-Format, jeden ersten Sonntag im Monat auf dem Gendarmenmarkt. Einen besseren Auftakt hätten wir uns gar nicht wünschen können.Euer Orga-Team