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
British in Europe and the3million remain deeply concerned that citizens’ rights are still far from being truly ‘safeguarded’. More will need to be done in the final phase of the negotiations in order to protect citizens’ rights under the draft Withdrawal Agreement (WA) published in March 2018. However, this will all be in vain in the event of a No Deal cliff-edge scenario, which would leave us without any legal status at all. Regrettably, there seems to be no contingency plan either in the EU or in the UK for this eventuality.
the3million and British in Europe have repeatedly called for the final agreement on citizens’ rights to be ring-fenced from the rest of the WA so that it may come into force regardless of the outcome of the negotiations. Download the full paper sent to both UK and EU parties…
After nearly two years fighting for the rights of UK citizens in the EU after Brexit and working closely with EU citizens in the UK (the3million), the coalition British in Europe has to accept that the rights of UK citizens in the EU will only be protected fully if the UK remains in the EU. Continue reading Why British in Europe has to come off the fence