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
In response to the revelations by the UK Government that in the case of no-deal the S1 scheme will end and that pension upgrades would similarly be under threat, we have today written to the Prime Minister and both Amber Rudd and Matt Hancock… Continue reading Letter to PM re Healthcare & Pensions – 31 Jan ’19
UK State Pensions and other benefits – what the UK should do in a No Deal scenario
Following notification that the UK has committed to only uprating UK State Pensions until 2019/20, British in Europe have published the following paper in preparation for discussions with the UK Government. Continue reading UK State Pensions & No Deal – a BiE Paper
Following the voting down of the draft deal in the UK Parliament, the3million and British in Europe have written to President Tusk and the EU Heads of States this morning. Continue reading Letter to President Tusk & Heads of State
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 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, 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.
We all hope that sanity prevails, but it’s a good idea to make some personal preparations for a no-deal scenario. Here are some ideas. Continue reading The British in Europe No Deal Checklist
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.
With the3million, we have written an open letter to the UK and EU Brexit negotiators to call on them to end the extreme legal uncertainty for citizens on either side of the Brexit divide in case of a no-deal scenario. Continue reading Letter to UK & EU negotiating teams