There is a serious risk of a political stitch-up in December, where progress falling well short of protecting our rights is certified by the EU to be “sufficient”, just so that the sides can move on to discussing trade. If that happens and Citizens Rights are discussed in parallel with trade and other matters, we will be bargaining chips in the full sense of that term. So it is vital to avoid that, and for the same reasons any agreement which is made now must be ring-fenced to prevent it being revisited as part of the trade negotiations. Continue reading Review of Negotiations to date
Read the first of the British in Europe newsletters. We hope to produce these at least once a month or more if progress requires.
We are in the process of setting up a mailing list and will share how to join as soon as it is ready. Continue reading BiE Newsletter: 16 Oct 17
Joint response to round 4 of the Brexit negotiations by British in Europe and the3million.
Continue reading Response to Round 4 negotiations
Response of British in Europe and the3million to the third round of negotiations.
Published on 6 September 2017
Executive Summary Continue reading Response to 3rd Round
On 22 August 2017 we published an Addendum to our main response to round 2, focusing particularly in our serious concerns on the EU position on freedom of movement for UK citizens in the EU, including the potential impact of this on cross-border working. Continue reading Addendum to 2nd Round Response
On 1 July 2017 BiE and the3million published a joint response to the UK proposals on citizens’ rights. Continue reading Response to UK Safeguarding proposal
Comments by BiE and the3million on EU Negotiating Guidelines plus Commission Recommendation and directives
On 8 May 2017, British in Europe and the3million published our comments on the Negotiating Guidelines plus the Commission Recommendation and directives that were adopted by the European Council on 29th April. It is worth noting that our most serious reservation was the lack of any proposal to ring-fence the agreement on citizens’ rights – an omission which still has not been addressed.
With the Government’s White Paper publication, UK citizens living in the EU have published their own Alternative White Paper: UK Citizens in Europe – Towards an Alternative White Paper’.
This is the biggest coalition group of British citizens’ organisations in Europe working together for the first time to call for their serious concerns to be acted on before Article 50 is triggered. The groups represent thousands of British citizens living and working across the continent.
‘UK Citizens in Europe – Towards an Alternative White Paper’ sets out clear concerns about being able to live, work, run a business or study in the European countries where many have made lives for themselves and their families.
Authors, Jane Golding and Jeremy Morgan QC added:
“Following the Supreme Court ruling, UK MPs have both the opportunity and the clear responsibility to make approval of the bill to trigger Article 50 conditional on safeguarding the rights and livelihoods of over a million UK citizens living in Europe (as well as around 3 million EU citizens in the UK). This should happen at the earliest opportunity.” (J.Golding)
“Our paper shows that the complex position of individuals who have moved to another EU country. It is clear that unless all rights are preserved, many people will have no choice but to give up their homes and their lives and return to their country of origin” (J.Morgan)
The signatories of the Alternative White Paper are:
Brits in Europe (Germany), British Community Committee of France, Expat Citizen Rights in EU (ECREU) on behalf of 6,000 members from 25 EU Countries (France), Fair Deal for Expats (France), RIFT (Remain in France Together), Brexpats Hear our Voice (Belgium) British in Italy, Bremain in Spain EuroCitizens (Spain) and New Europeans (UK)
For further information or to speak to the authors contact us here.