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Steering Team Meeting in London

On Friday 29 August the BiE steering group met at the UNISON building in London, the first time we have all been physically together in one place for over a year. Our first priority was to review how, and indeed whether, we can continue to operate going forward, particularly from January 2020 onwards. The current steering committee members have contributed their professional skills on a voluntary basis for almost three years now. This has involved many hours and personal and pecuniary sacrifices that will not be sustainable for much longer. Continue reading Steering Team Meeting in London

Press Release – End of Free Movement

BERLIN – Responding to the ongoing speculation about a no-deal Brexit and how a UK decision to unilaterally end free movement on 31st October could affect British nationals living in the EU 27 Jane Golding, Co-Chair of British in Europe said:

‘People have never been the real priority in the Brexit negotiations despite what both sides claimed.  And it has always been about reciprocity. Theresa May didn’t accept the EU’s first comprehensive offer on citizens’ rights, and didn’t push hard for free movement, which is key for most of the 80% of us who are working age or younger. Instead she made a counter-offer because she was obsessed with reducing the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.  It was at this point that the bargaining away of our rights and lives began.

So the deal on citizens’ rights was far from perfect but nothing compared to no deal.  And a number of countries, including France, Spain and Germany, with some of the largest populations of UK citizens, have reciprocity clauses in their no-deal contingency legislation.  Other countries haven’t decided yet what our long-term status will be post a grace period.   So, the treatment of British citizens in the EU (understandably) depends on how their own citizens are treated in the UK.

If the EU 27 see their nationals being treated badly by the UK government, they  are likely to reciprocate. Attitudes could harden – and even if they don’t, the EU 27 could simply adopt a wait and see attitude, which just means more uncertainty. ’


For more information or to arrange an interview or comment please contact:

Laura Shields
British in Europe
+32 497 409 884
@mediawhizz @britishineurope


British in Europe is the largest coalition group of British citizens living and working in Europe.  It is comprised of ten core groups across the continent representing a membership of around 35.000 Brits working together to stand up for the rights of UK citizens in the EU and EU citizens in the UK.

Analysis of France’s No Deal legislation

Earlier this year, France published legislation that will take effect should the UK leave the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement. Citizens’ rights were included in this ordonnance and the subsequent decree. We take a look at the differences between what is included in the French legislation and what has been agreed in the Withdrawal Agreement. There are considertable differences.

Continue reading Analysis of France’s No Deal legislation

Two days of intensive lobbying in Brussels

The BiE advocacy team were in Brussels (23-24 July 2019) with our friends from the3million to push for the ring-fencing of citizens rights whilst in London the Conservative Party elected a new prime minister. In his first few days, PM Johnson already seems to have set a crash course with the European Union, which will probably end in a No Deal and a general election (or perhaps the other way around). Continue reading Two days of intensive lobbying in Brussels