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The Next Steps in British in Europe’s Campaign for Ring-fencing

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

No Deal Brexit preparedness – why the Commission’s proposal does not work

The European Commission, which has refused for over a year to discuss what happens to citizens’ rights if there is no EU/UK Withdrawal Agreement, has finally come up with a suggested solution.  As a great poet of the original European Union[1] said 2000 years ago, “The mountains give birth and a ridiculous little mouse is born.”

The ridiculous little mouse with which the Commission would like to replace all the EU rights of UK citizens living in the EU27 in the No-Deal scenario is “third country national” (TCN) status.  In its Contingency Action Plan Communication (the “Communication”) issued on 13 November[2], the Commission proposed that, in order to prepare for a No-Deal Brexit, the EU27 countries should start accepting early applications by UK citizens for TCN status.

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Letter to Edouard Philippe, the French Prime Minister

On 27 August 2018, Edouard Philippe, the French Prime Minister, asked his ministers to begin putting into place contingency plans and enabling legislation in case the UK leaves the EU with no deal, including to ‘facilitate the stay in France of British citizens who are already resident’. You can read the statement here.

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