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Legal Analysis of the WA text

Whilst others took a break over Easter, our legal team were hard at work analysing the detail of the text on Citizens Rights in the Withdrawal Agreement draft dated 19 March, 2018.

BiE has previously issued guidance on the elements that are of major concern to UK nationals living in the EU27 and were told that any proposal of amendments of substance would be ignored.

This feedback takes two forms:
1) Drafting comments on the agreement
2) Questions requiring answering by both sides of the negotiation. Continue reading Legal Analysis of the WA text

BiE Response to Agreed Legal Text

Brexit withdrawal agreement: English Cheddar will have more free movement rights than Brits in Europe

The European Commission has published the agreed legal text for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

In response, Jane Golding, Chair of British in Europe said:

‘Contrary to what David Davis and Michel Barnier are saying, this document provides no more certainty for the 1.2mn British people living in the EU 27, EEA and Switzerland than they had this morning. Continue reading BiE Response to Agreed Legal Text

Draft Withdrawal Agreement – BiE comments

Our advocacy team burned the midnight oil last night as they raced to prepare a thorough review of the draft Withdrawal Agreement (WA). At the last minute, the publication of the agenda for today’s technical meeting in Brussels included Citizens’ Rights and it was imperative that the detail was available to both sides of the negotiation. Continue reading Draft Withdrawal Agreement – BiE comments

Joint Report ahead of Phase 2

Today, citizens groups the3million and British in Europe are meeting with Guy Verhofstadt and the European Parliament to remind them of their previous commitments to protect the lives of five million citizens. During a live  Facebook stream at 10.30am (CET) they will discuss the unresolved issues including the right to form families, continue to work using their qualifications and to register without the threat of deportation. Continue reading Joint Report ahead of Phase 2

Brexpats go to court

A score of British citizens currently living in the Netherlands were in Amsterdam on the morning of 17 January 2018 to hear lawyers plead the legal pros and cons of the argument “once an EU citizen, always an EU citizen”, i.e. EU citizenship is additional to and separate from citizenship of an EU Member State. The goal was to get the judge of the District Court to ask the Court of Justice of the European Union to provide a ruling. EU citizenship is a concept which has been enshrined in successive EU Treaties for the last 25 years. It confers a number of rights, including the right to freedom of movement. Continue reading Brexpats go to court