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EU citizens in the UK find their public voice

So what happened on 12th December?

The 3 Million group of EU Citizens in the UK combined handing in a  letter to No.10 Downing Street with the release of the report by British Future; while doing a media blitz.

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 Did it work?

EU citizens were in the UK media all morning (it started with the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme) and through the afternoon on print radio, TV and online. 

 A good summary: http://www.euronews.com/2016/12/12/brexit-theresa-may-unmoved-by-appeal-over-eu-nationals

Sky News: http://news.sky.com/video/morally-wrong-to-deny-residency-to-eu-citizens-already-in-the-uk-10693978

Why were EU citizens in the news?

Two things: the British Future report on our future status and our handing in of a letter to No.10

Yesterday, British Future published a report on the future status of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit following a 3-month inquiry lead by Gisela Stuart (chair of the Leave campaign) and a panel of cross party politicians, trade unionists, academics and business leaders.

 The report made 14 recommendations to the Government in order to give a new bespoke Indefinite Leave to Remain to all EU citizens living lawfully in the UK up to when article 50 is triggered. It includes some suggestions for the Government to effectively register the 3 million EU citizens so everyone can stay

Please note that the report only looks at the future status of EU citizens after Brexit. Freedom of Movement was excluded from the scope of the report and therefore, there is no mention of the rules that would apply to future EU citizens coming in to the UK after the cutoff date.

 

 

A little more about the report

I’m repeating this summary of the report in case you haven’t seen it yet. These are the 14 recommendations made by British Future in its report on the status of EU citizens after Brexit:

1. Cutoff date when Art.50 is triggered to benefit of the following rights:

2. New legislation to convert Permanent Residency (PR) into bespoke Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) status

3. EU citizens on the way to PR to have a 5-year transition period from Brexit

4. There are significant differences between PR and ILR (‘good character test’ english test, salary threshold, cost of application). Bespoke ILR for EU citizens not to exceed cost of passport (£72)

5. Bespoke ILR not to have English test or salary threshold

6 Children in care. Home Office to offer PR and ILR and entitled to legal aid

7. Family migration – 5 year transition period after Brexit to continue family migration.

8. Social and education rights. 5 year transitional period to upkeep right.

9. Pensions uprating for EU citizenship taking their pension in another EEA country

10. Local Authorities (LA) to be first line to approve PR for EU citizens for the same price (£65). More complicated cases to be referred to the Home Office). LA will check HMRC or DWP databases and approx. 1.8m people should see their application processed this way

11. More complex cases passed on to the Home Office to a special dedicated team

12. The Home Office should not refuse PR based on lack of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance *

13. The Home Office to run campaigns to engage EEA nationals and support vulnerable groups though an advice service

14. Offering the above status will create an enormous amount of good-will leaving no choice but for the EU to grant UK citizens in Europe similar rights

 * the entitlement to the free NHS to be considered as fulfilling the CSI requirement for EU citizens

You can read British Future’s official statement at http://www.britishfuture.org/articles/eu-nationals-report/

 

R(Miller) v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Appellant (Defendant in the High Court)
  • Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
Respondents (Claimants in the High Court)
  • Deir Tozetti Dos Santos, a British hairdresser, whose claim has joined Gina Miller’s lead claim and he is represented by Edwin Coe LLP and Dominic Chambers QC.

Continue reading R(Miller) v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

03. November 2016 – High Court Judgment Day

  • Judgment in the Article 50 challenge handed down at 10am, 3rd November 2016 in Court in Room 4.
  • An appeal by the losing party or parties, ‘leapfrogged’ direct to the Supreme Court to be heard early in December, is very likely.
  • The People Challenge launched a new fundraising appeal to cover legal costs.  They consider it vital that ordinary people’s EU citizenship rights continue to be defended in this unprecedented important case.
  • The Guardian reports:

    High court says parliament must vote on triggering article 50 

Judgment on Article 50 Challenge – 3rd November 2016

Judgment on the Article 50 challenge will be handed down at 10am, 3rd November 2016 in Court Room 4. An appeal by the losing party or parties, ‘leapfrogged’ direct to the Supreme Court to be heard early in December, is very likely.

The Peoples Challenge have said they will be launching a new fundraising appeal tomorrow to cover legal costs and other expenses associated with the appeal.  

See details of court procedure here.

MPs demand vote on hard Brexit

  • Stephen Phillips, a pro-leave Tory MP, seeks urgent debate in Commons amid calls for parliament to be given proper scrutiny of the process of leaving the EU.
  • Cross-party alliance says it should be consulted over future trade decisions, saying referendum was on EU membership; not single market.
  • Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC the referendum result “has to be accepted” but accused the PM of trying to “manoeuvre without any scrutiny” on how to achieve it.
  • Watch Sir Keir Starmer on the Andrew Marr Show: Government must not ‘fan the flames of division’