Letter to UK & EU negotiating teams

With the3million, we have written an open letter to the UK and EU Brexit negotiators to call on them to end the extreme legal uncertainty for citizens on either side of the Brexit divide in case of a no-deal scenario.

Dear Mr Raab and Mr Barnier,

Today, the3million and British in Europe are asking you to commit to implement and strengthen your current agreement on citizens’ rights, regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

We have faced over two years of debilitating uncertainty and anxiety about our status, and are horrified that all the months of negotiations and colour-coded charts on our rights could come to
nothing in the event of a No Deal Brexit.

You jointly have it within your powers to end this nightmare immediately for over 4 million of us, by taking the true moral high ground and publicly committing to honouring these agreements on our rights – whatever the outcome of the rest of the negotiations.

We thus now ask you to take citizens out of the “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” straightjacket.

Read the rest of the letter HERE or download:

The Position paper can be read HERE.

5 thoughts on “Letter to UK & EU negotiating teams”

  1. Great letter and let us see if it has any impact on the EU. The UK has given a clear indication that they do not want Brexit to adversely impact any EU Citizen currently enjoying life in the UK. The EC/EU has not reciprocated.

    Failure by the EC/EU not to protect the current rights of UK citizens with a home it a EU country will not only have an adverse impact on the life of individuals, but will be a clear signpost to all EU Citizen of the political uncaring attitude of the leaders

    1. David Gray I am still waiting to hear from anyone in the UK who can guarantee my future in the EU.
      The EU people have been extremely helpful and co-operative but they simply do not know what May and her cronies will do. She has said many words about the EU citizens in the UK but UK Citizens in the EU ? Silence!
      Please in the name of humanity remove your rose coloured specs. We are living in the real world.

      1. The reality as May threatens to stomp away NO DEAL. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is to leave the European Union on 29th March
        2019. The current draft text of the withdrawal agreement anticipates a transition period lasting until the
        end of 2020. The draft agreement assumes that the UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU will maintain
        their existing rights until the end of the transition period. However, it needs to be pointed out that the
        withdrawal deal talks have not been finalized, and the transition period will only take place if the deal is
        countersigned by both sides in time and becomes valid before the said date.

  2. I am a British citizen. I am also, at the time of writing, a citizen of New Zealand. My father, as a young man, responded to the call to help the United Kingdom in time of war against the threat from Germany. He came to the UK, met my mother, and stayed. Sadly he died before the European Common Market (EEC) was founded.

    My personal journey led me and my wife to live in Germany; our three children live here too, as do our three grandchildren. We are doing what the visionaries ( including Churchill), who saw the potential for peace of a European Community, hoped for. Our lives, the lives of all of us in Europe, are now so intertwined that another European war is unthinkable.

    Sadly, this image of a united, peaceful Europe is being put at risk. The populist calls for Brexit threatens our lives, the lives and livelihoods of those who took advantage of the European project and its freedom to move, live, work and settle in the EU country of our choice.

    And now our own British government (for we are still British, wherever we live) seems to have washed its hands of us. Our rights, which were supposed to have been protected – as a priority – in the Withdrawal Agreement, count for nothing.
    As a result, I need to take steps to protect myself and my family from the consequences of the actions, or rather inaction, of the British goverment. I have therefore applied for German citizenship, under duress caused by Westminster. This will require me to renounce my birthright, i.e my New Zealand citizenship. I cannot wait to see whether wise counsel prevails and we avoid the cliff-edge disaster; if the UK does leave the EU, I would risk having to renounce my British citizenship too.
    Words cannot express my disgust for all in Westminster who put their own petty, party or personal politics before the wellbeing of their own country and their own countrymen and women.

    1. I cannot comment upon your New Zealand citizenship, but I can say that the draft Brexitübergangsgesetz (Brexit Transition Law) para 3, allows you to take on German citizenship without the need to renounce your British citizenship. Copies and commentaries are available on the website of the Auswärtiges Amt.

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