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The Last Mile citizens’ lobby

 

Day of action and mass lobby of UK Parliament, 5 November 2018

“Remember, remember the 5th of November”

British in Europe and the3million are inviting you to join our day of action on 5 November 2018. Yes, we’re going to Westminster on Guy Fawkes Day!

We’re not going to blow up the Houses of Parliament, but we do have some exciting events planned for the morning – and in the afternoon we’ll be in the House of Commons to meet MPs in a mass lobby.
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Launch of Free Movement video campaign

British in Germany has teamed up with British in Europe to produce a video campaign highlighting the positive cases of free movement and calling for this to be put back on the table in negotiations.
We have had two professional videos made and want YOU to support the campaign by making your own videos – watch the instructional video for more information on how to do this.
Please share anywhere and everywhere and encourage your friends/family/colleagues to make their own videos. We are looking forward to seeing your submissions.

View the current videos at our YouTube Channel.

Watch Alex’s story here featured in the title picture above and Jane and Andre’s story here. 

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BiE press release on first day of Brexit negotiations

TIME FOR THE UK TO MAKE CLEAR ITS POSITION ON CITIZENS’ RIGHTS.
THE FUTURE OF 1.2 MILLION UK CITIZENS IS AT STAKE

We, British in Europe, wish David Davis well in the Brexit negotiations with the European Union which start today. We would like to remind him that he and the UK government are also there to represent the 1.2 million UK citizens most directly impacted by Brexit – those who live in the EU and have been in limbo for a year, waiting for talks to start. We expect him to stick to Theresa May’s repeated pledge to make the sorting out of our post-Brexit rights – on the basis of reciprocity – her highest priority.

While the government has been busy in parliament with the Brexit bill and holding elections, British in Europe, the largest coalition of UK citizens in Europe, has been talking directly to the EU negotiators – who have consulted us on their negotiating directives, which they have changed to take on board many of our concerns.

Jane Golding, the Berlin-based Chair of British in Europe, said: “The result is that the EU offer now gives us almost everything we need and abides by a core principle which both sides should respect – that the rights of citizens in place before Brexit (including the 3 million EU citizens in the UK) should remain unchanged. We applaud that, as well as the EU’s transparency in this matter. For the past year Theresa May has repeatedly refused to make a unilateral offer to the 3 million EU citizens in the UK in order, she has said, to protect the rights of the 1.2 million UK citizens in Europe – but we have no detailed information on what that might mean. The EU offer gives plenty of detail and goes almost all the way to guaranteeing all our rights, but everything depends on how the UK decides to respond.  We expect the UK, which has said it will be guided by the principle of reciprocity, to respond with similar magnanimity.”

Fiona Godfrey, Luxembourg-based spokesperson for British in Europe, added: “We and the 3 million EU citizens in the UK must not be used as bargaining chips or for political point-scoring.  With that in mind, British in Europe also urges Mr Davis to persuade EU negotiator Michel Barnier that an early agreement on our rights and those of the 3 million EU citizens in the UK should be ring-fenced against the possible future failure of the other aspects of the withdrawal agreement.  The lack of ring-fencing simply prolongs the uncertainty for up to 5 million UK and EU citizens.”

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BiE meet German Foreign Ministry

Meeting German Foreign Ministry
British in Europe representatives met with the German Foreign Ministry on Wednesday 7th June and had an open discussion and dialogue with promise of further dialogue.
The German Foreign Ministry, British in Europe and the3million have tweeted below: