Category Archives: EU Level

Comments on the Commission Implementing Decision

On 4 March 2020, Jane Golding and Jeremy Morgan, QC, compiled the attached paper on behalf of British in Europe commenting on the Commission Implementing Decision of 21 February 2020. It has been sent to the Task Force unit responsible for Citizens’ Rights and will be circulated to other interested parties.

“As a prescribed document intended “to evidence rights provided under Title II of the Agreement” the proposed format fails to include an essential element, namely whether or not the holder has the status of permanent residence.”

This has important ramifications as laid out in the paper.

Read the paper in full here.



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The announcement by the Commission on the format was lauded by many as a great step forward, some people mistakenly believed it gave additional rights. We need experts who understand the implications of the details to review every decision made and call out when they are lacking.

#DeniedMyVote: Letter to the European Commission

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.

the3million and BiE disappointed with EP resolution

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

Analysis of France’s No Deal legislation

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.

Continue reading Analysis of France’s No Deal legislation

Two days of intensive lobbying in Brussels

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