On the eve of the Government’s White Paper publication, UK citizens living in the EU present their ‘UK Citizens in Europe – Towards an Alternative White Paper’.
This is the biggest group of British citizens’ organisations in Europe working together for the first time to call for their serious concerns to be acted on before Article 50 is triggered. The groups represent thousands of British citizens living and working across the continent.
‘UK Citizens in Europe – Towards an Alternative White Paper’ sets out clear concerns about being able to live, work, run a business or study in the European countries where many have made lives for themselves and their families.
Authors, Jane Golding and Jeremy Morgan QC added:
“Following the Supreme Court ruling, UK MPs have both the opportunity and the clear responsibility to make approval of the bill to trigger Article 50 conditional on safeguarding the rights and livelihoods of over a million UK citizens living in Europe (as well as around 3 million EU citizens in the UK). This should happen at the earliest opportunity.” (J.Golding)
“Our paper shows that the complex position of individuals who have moved to another EU country. It is clear that unless all rights are preserved, many people will have no choice but to give up their homes and their lives and return to their country of origin” (J.Morgan)
The signatories of the Alternative White Paper are:
Brits in Europe (Germany), British Community Committee of France, Expat Citizen Rights in EU (ECREU) on behalf of 6,000 members from 25 EU Countries (France), Fair Deal for Expats (France), RIFT (Remain in France Together), Brexpats Hear our Voice (Belgium) British in Italy, Bremain in Spain EuroCitizens (Spain) and New Europeans (UK)
VIEW THE ALTERNATIVE WHITE PAPER HERE
On 3 November 2016, the High Court in London ruled in one of the most significant UK constitutional law cases for decades on the triggering of Article 50. The ruling did not, however, concern the result of the EU referendum. The question before the Court was:
“whether as a matter of UK constitutional law, the Government is entitled to give notice of a decision to the EU under Article 50 by exercise of the Crown’s prerogative powers and without reference to Parliament.”
Continue reading Update following High Court ruling on 3 November 2016
Last week, the appeal hearing in the Article 50 case, R (Miller and another) v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union took place over the course of four days (5-8 December 2016). The Government had been given the right to appeal the judgment of the High Court (link to judgment)and to bring a “leapfrog” appeal to the Supreme Court. Continue reading Supreme Court Hearing (5-8 December 2016)
Read more on The Guardian.
Brits in Europe will submit written evidence to the Exiting the European Union Commons Select Committee that will include a position paper looking at the main issues for economically active British citizens living in the EU. For further details contact us here.
Appellant (Defendant in the High Court)
- Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
Respondents (Claimants in the High Court)
Continue reading R(Miller) v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union