On Monday 29 April, 1039 days after the vote to leave the EU, the3million and British in Europe representatives were invited to meet with Secretary of State, Stephen Barclay. This invitation was initiated by Alberto Costa MP who requested the meeting during PMQs before Easter and he was also present. Jane Golding and Jeremy Morgan represented BiE. Continue reading Meeting with Secretary of State, Steve Barclay
Citizens’ rights groups tell heads of state to save their rights
Citizens’ rights organisations British in Europe and the3million who represent the five million people most directly affected by Brexit demand an immediate end to crippling legal uncertainty in the wake of an agreed extension to the Brexit process until 31 October.
While the Withdrawal Agreement on citizens’ rights has been gathering dust for over a year all 28 EU member states are busy making their own, widely differing preparations on how to treat the five million people who have crossed the Channel to live in another EU country.
These five million people demand an urgent explanation as to why EEA EFTA and Swiss citizens already have security about their rights, but they do not. They also plead with the EU to not waste the hard work that went into agreeing citizens’ rights and uphold them even in case of no deal.
Maike Bohn, co-founder of the3million – which represents the 3.6 million EU 27 citizens living in the UK – said:
‘This extension does not guarantee that there will actually be a deal. Citizens’ rights – the bit of Brexit that affects five million real people’s lives on day one – were agreed between the UK and EU in December 2017. Yet a year and a half later we still don’t know whether the agreement is worth the paper it’s written on. This means five million people still can’t be sure of the rights that will determine whether they will have jobs, study opportunities, healthcare and the ability to keep their families together in future.
It would be utter madness to risk throwing these painstakingly negotiated rights into the bin.’
It is unlikely that any post-no-deal-Brexit agreement on citizens’ rights would have the same scope and rights as the Citizens’ Rights part of the Withdrawal Agreement – and it could take years to negotiate.
The current EU no-deal contingency plans for British citizens in the EU amount to little more than calling on Member States to ‘be generous’. This approach also leaves the 3,6 million EU citizens in the UK at the mercy of the UK government, which has already announced that their rights will be cut in a no-deal scenario. Without the protection of an international treaty, future British governments will be free to reduce these rights even further. In addition, the campaign groups argue that dealing with areas like healthcare, pensions and social security will require a coordinated approach at EU-UK level.
Jane Golding, Co-Chair of British in Europe – which represents 1.3 million British citizens living on the continent – said:
‘This may be the last chance before the European elections to show the five million people who used their free movement rights in good faith that they matter more than fish carcasses or Cheddar cheese. At almost a third of only 17 million Europeans who currently use their free movement rights, what message does it send for the future if the EU fails to protect their rights in this unprecedented situation? We need a binding commitment now from both sides that rescuing the hard won citizens’ rights part of the Withdrawal agreement will be the contingency, instead of the current contingency plans providing for 28 separate unilateral solutions without international treaty protection’
The two campaign groups have had unanimous support in the UK parliament and the Dutch parliament recently voted in favour of committing the Dutch government to ring-fencing the citizens’ rights part of the Withdrawal Agreement.
Our new campaign has launched to demand the right of all UK residents, and all UK citizens living abroad, to vote in general elections and referendums. The Let Us Vote campaign, launched today by the3million, British in Europe and Another Europe is Possible, is backed by a number of MPs and is expected to snowball after its launch. Continue reading Let Us Vote! Join our new campaign
Responding to British in Europe’s tireless advocacy and requests for clarification on these points, the UK government have issued a policy paper on the rights of UK nationals in the EU. Continue reading Citizens’ Rights – the Government policy paper
Responding to the House of Commons’ third rejection of Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement, Jane Golding, Co-Chair of British in Europe said: Continue reading Rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement
British In Europe response to the Department of Health and Social Care announcement on No Deal Healthcare in the EU
UK Government proposals published just 10 days before Brexit could see thousands of British pensioners, the disabled and other vulnerable Brits on the continent being denied long term healthcare in the event of a no deal Brexit.
Continue reading No Deal Healthcare – the BiE response
Co-chair Fiona Godfrey was invited to take part in the GUE/NGL debate:
DEAL OR NO DEAL? WHO WILL protect CITIZENS’ RIGHTS?
Fiona spoke as part of the morning panel on Deal or no deal: which are the rights for EU and non EU citizens? alongside Anne-Laure Donsky, co-founder of the3million.
Listen as she lays out the reality of no-deal for British citizens living in the EU and the effect it is having on peoples’ lives with only 24 days to go.
For the five million citizens whose status is most directly affected by Brexit, the Costa amendment in the House of Commons last week asking for the ring-fencing of their rights was an enormous victory. Through intensive lobbying, the3million and British in Europe received the unanimous backing of the UK Parliament to push for legally guaranteeing citizens’ rights in the event of a no deal. Now we are asking the EU27 to do the same. Continue reading The Next Steps in British in Europe’s Campaign for Ring-fencing
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