On Tuesday 8 October Jane Golding, co-chair of British in Europe, and Dimitri Scarlato from the3million were invited to present to AFCO, the influential Constitutional Affairs committed chaired by Antonio Tajani.
Continue reading BiE and t3m Presentation to AFCO
British in Europe, along with our colleagues the3million, were invited to return to the Petitions committee at the European Parliament (PETI) to follow up a submission made in February 2018. Unfortunately, due to work commitments, we were unable to attend in person but instead asked MEP Jude Kirton-Darling to read out a statement on our behalf. Continue reading BiE statement to PETI committee in Brussels
Following the #DeniedMyVote campaign which many of you supported, we promised to call upon the European Commission to add the experience of UK citizens in the EU27 to the investigation they have already initiated into the problems EU citizens had voting in the UK, and to press for a proper inquiry in the UK itself.
The detailed letter sent to Vĕra Jourová, EU Commissioner (Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality), on our behalf by Bindmans LLP can be read here in full.
Citizens’ rights groups the3million and British in Europe disappointed with EP resolution
Following the European Parliament resolution adopted yesterday, it is sad to see that there is a resolution but no solution. The European Parliament has made no concrete suggestions about how to ensure that the rights of five million citizens will be protected, whether there is a deal or not. Continue reading the3million and BiE disappointed with EP resolution
Earlier this year, France published legislation that will take effect should the UK leave the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement. Citizens’ rights were included in this ordonnance and the subsequent decree. We take a look at the differences between what is included in the French legislation and what has been agreed in the Withdrawal Agreement. There are considertable differences.
The BiE advocacy team were in Brussels (23-24 July 2019) with our friends from the3million to push for the ring-fencing of citizens rights whilst in London the Conservative Party elected a new prime minister. In his first few days, PM Johnson already seems to have set a crash course with the European Union, which will probably end in a No Deal and a general election (or perhaps the other way around). Continue reading Two days of intensive lobbying in Brussels
Imagine the scene — a modern conference room in the sprawling office complex of Berlaymont, a building which Brexiters love to imagine as the pulsating heart of the Evil Empire. A delegation of well-intentioned British parliamentarians is meeting the urbane and competent EU lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, to discuss citizens’ rights for Europeans in the UK and Britons in the UK. Continue reading FIONA GODFREY MAKES AN IMPASSIONED PLEA TO PROTECT CITIZENS’ RIGHTS
Today we are pleased to see that our recent meeting with Secretary of State Steve Barclay (below) has resulted in a clearly worded letter to Michel Barnier requesting the ringfencing of our rights in the case of no deal. Continue reading Letter to Michel Barnier from Steve Barclay
Thank you to all those who responded so quickly following the call for information from British citizens living in the EU who had not been able to exercise their rights to vote in the European Election in the UK, by post or by proxy.
Continue reading #DeniedMyVote – your help needed
EU elections held in the UK on 23 May 2019 have been mired in controversy after UK citizens living in the EU who were eligible to vote never received their postal ballots and EU citizens living in the UK were wrongly turned away from polling stations.