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UK Government allocates fund to support UK in EU

The UK Government has today released details of the funds allocated to support UK Nationals in the EU which can be read here.

BRITISH IN EUROPE STATEMENT

Brexit is an unprecedented political and legal event in EU and UK history. Over a million UK nationals live in the EU, EEA and EFTA countries and all of us are affected by Brexit and its consequences. This new legal situation we face is complex and we need advice and assistance in this next phase of Brexit. UK nationals have hundreds of questions relating to the intersection of citizens’ rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, other parts of EU law and national immigration law.

 “BiE asked the UK government to set up a support fund for UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and EFTA states in 2018. It has been a long wait but at least contracts have now been signed with seven organisations[1] to provide registration assistance to UK nationals in this critical first year of Withdrawal Agreement implementation in the EU and EFTA region,” explains Jane Golding, Co-Chair.

These organisations will be performing a critically important role. Many lives and livelihoods, particularly those of vulnerable and hard to reach UK nationals, will depend on the advice and assistance that they provide. This will be especially true in the countries – around half of EU Member States – where UK nationals are being made to reapply in order to remain. BiE looks forward to receiving more information from the contracted organisations and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the assistance that will be provided and in which countries, although we note that not all of the twenty seven EU countries will be covered[2].

“Effective and meaningful monitoring of the advice provided will be key and we look forward to hearing about the mechanisms that have been put in place to do this over the lifetime of the contracts,” says Fiona Godfrey, Co-Chair. “In some member states, implementation of the citizens’ rights chapter of the Withdrawal Agreement will not start until late 2020 or even 2021.  This will provide very little time to find the people who need to register, especially in the constitutive countries. People cannot be allowed to fall through the cracks, advice must not be wrong and mistakes must not be made: Organisations may get a second chance but hundreds of thousands of UK nationals may not. Lives hang in the balance.”


[1] The AIRE Centre, Age in Spain, Asociación Babelia, Cyprus International Financial Services Association, Franco British Network, International Organisation for Migration, SSAFA

2) To our knowledge, only Spain, France, Germany, Cyprus, Italy, and several other EU countries will be covered.


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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.

 

FROM OUR STEERING TEAM

Please donate to our crowdfunder so we can continue to hold all parties to account as the Withdrawal Agreement is implemented. The devil is in the detail and we need our legal team to be on top of these details at all times. This can only happen with YOUR help.

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.



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Your rights, your future, your donation

This week we cease to be EU citizens after three and a half years of excruciating uncertainty. Now we must ensure that we are treated fairly in every EU country as we move to a lesser status, that our rights under the Withdrawal Agreement are fully respected and that we claw back some of the rights that we are due to lose at the end of the transition period.

If successful, this crowdfunder appeal will enable British in Europe to fight for these things on behalf of all of us.

But first, we have to persuade you that we are worth your money …

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WA part 6 – FAQs

The Withdrawal Agreement

Frequently Asked Questions 

This is the final article (of a total of 6 articles) in British in Europe’s information campaign about the Withdrawal Agreement and how it affects you as a British citizen living in an EU country.

In this article we take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about our rights under the Withdrawal Agreement. We’ll update it in the weeks to come to add new questions as they arise.

The first article in the series covered what the Withdrawal Agreement is (and what it isn’t), what it does, how it’s different from the no deal legislation that your host country will have produced, and who it covers. You can read it here.

The second article covered residence rights and procedures. You can read it here.

The third article covered health care, pensions and social security. You can read it here.

The fourth article covered working rights, professional qualifications and future family reunification. You can read it here.

The fifth article outlined what the Withdrawal Agreement doesn’t cover. You can read it here.

WE ARE IN URGENT NEED OF FUNDS TO CONTINUE OUR VITAL WORK. PLEASE DONATE TO OUR FUNDRAISER SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE TRANSITION PHASE. 

For easy reading, click the [ ] in the bottom right to enter full screen.

You can download a pdf of  the full document HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: This information has been provided to help individuals better understand the Withdrawal Agreement. If you represent a public or private organisation which wishes to use this material, please contact us.

WA part 5 – What’s NOT Covered

The Withdrawal Agreement

What’s Not Covered

This is the fifth article (of a total of 6 articles) in British in Europe’s January 2020 information campaign about the Withdrawal Agreement and how it affects you as a British citizen living in an EU country.

In this article we take a look at what is not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement.

The final article will cover the most frequently asked questions.

The first article in the series covered what the Withdrawal Agreement is (and what it isn’t), what it does, how it’s different from the no deal legislation that your host country will have produced, and who it covers. You can read it here.

The second article covered residence rights and procedures. You can read it here.

The third article covered health care, pensions and social security. You can read it here.

The fourth article covered working rights, professional qualifications and future family reunification. You can read it here.

WE ARE IN URGENT NEED OF FUNDS TO CONTINUE OUR VITAL WORK. PLEASE DONATE TO OUR FUNDRAISER SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE TRANSITION PHASE. 

For easy reading, click the [ ] in the bottom right to enter full screen.

You can download a pdf of  the full document HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: This information has been provided to help individuals better understand the Withdrawal Agreement. If you represent a public or private organisation which wishes to use this material, please contact us.

 

 

WA part 4 – Working Rights, Professional Qualifications and Future Family Reunification

The Withdrawal Agreement

Working Rights, Professional Qualifications
and Future Family Reunification

This is the fourth article (of a total of 6 articles) in British in Europe’s January 2020 information campaign about the Withdrawal Agreement and how it affects you as a British citizen living in an EU country.

In this article we take a look at what the Withdrawal Agreement has to say about working rights, professional qualifications and future family reunification.

  • The following articles will look at
  • What’s not covered by the WA;
  • Frequently asked questions.

The first article in the series covered what the Withdrawal Agreement is (and what it isn’t), what it does, how it’s different from the no deal legislation that your host country will have produced, and who it covers. You can read it here.

The second article covered residence rights and procedures. You can read it here.

The third article covered health care, pensions and social security. You can read it here.

WE ARE IN URGENT NEED OF FUNDS TO CONTINUE OUR VITAL WORK. PLEASE DONATE TO OUR FUNDRAISER SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE TRANSITION PHASE. 

For easy reading, click the [ ] in the bottom right to enter full screen.

You can download a pdf of  the full document HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: This information has been provided to help individuals better understand the Withdrawal Agreement. If you represent a public or private organisation which wishes to use this material, please contact us.

WA part 3 – Health, Pensions and Social Security

The Withdrawal Agreement

Part 3: Health, Pensions and Social Security

This is the third article (of a total of 6 articles) in British in Europe’s January 2020 information campaign about the Withdrawal Agreement and how it affects you as a British citizen living in an EU country.

In this article we take a look at what the Withdrawal Agreement has to say about health care, pensions and social security. You should note that the personal scope or people covered by the social security, healthcare and pensions provisions is different to that for the rest of the Withdrawal Agreement. Everyone entitled to residence rights under the WA is covered, as well as dual nationals, but the group of people covered is wider than that.

The following articles will look at

  • Working rights, professional qualifications and family reunification;
  • What’s not covered by the WA;
  • Frequently asked questions.

The first article in the series covered what the Withdrawal Agreement is (and what it isn’t), what it does, how it’s different from the no deal legislation that your host country will have produced, and who it covers. You can read it here.

The second article covered residence rights and procedures. You can read it here.

WE ARE IN URGENT NEED OF FUNDS TO CONTINUE OUR VITAL WORK. PLEASE DONATE TO OUR FUNDRAISER SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE TRANSITION PHASE. 

For easy reading, click the [ ] in the bottom right to enter full screen.

You can download a pdf of  the full document HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: This information has been provided to help individuals better understand the Withdrawal Agreement. If you represent a public or private organisation which wishes to use this material, please contact us.

WA part 2 – Residence Rights and Procedures

The Withdrawal Agreement

Part 2: Residence Rights and Procedures

This is the second article (of a total of 6 articles) in British in Europe’s January 2020 information campaign about the Withdrawal Agreement and how it affects you as a British citizen living in an EU country.

In this article we take a look at what the Withdrawal Agreement has to say about residence rights and procedures in your host country.

The following articles will look at

  • Health care, pensions and social security;
  • Working rights, professional qualifications and family reunification;
  • What’s not covered by the WA;
  • Frequently asked questions.

The first article in the series covered what the Withdrawal Agreement is (and what it isn’t), what it does, how it’s different from the no deal legislation that your host country will have produced, and who it covers. You can read it here.

WE ARE IN URGENT NEED OF FUNDS TO CONTINUE OUR VITAL WORK. PLEASE DONATE TO OUR FUNDRAISER SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE TRANSITION PHASE. 

For easy reading, click the [ ] in the bottom right to enter full screen.

You can download a pdf of  the full document HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: This information has been provided to help individuals better understand the Withdrawal Agreement. If you represent a public or private organisation which wishes to use this material, please contact us.

The Withdrawal Agreement – An Explanation

The Withdrawal Agreement

What is it, what does it do and who does it cover?

This is the first article (of a total of 6 articles) in British in Europe’s January 2020 information campaign about the Withdrawal Agreement and how it affects you as a British citizen living in an EU country.

In this article we take a look at what the Withdrawal Agreement is (and what it isn’t), what it does, how it’s different from the no deal legislation that your host country will have produced, and who it covers.

The following articles will look specifically at

  • Residence rights and procedures;
  • Health care, pensions and social security;
  • Working rights, professional qualifications and family reunification;
  • What’s not covered by the WA;
  • Frequently asked questions.

If you value our independent, expert advice, please donate to our dwindling funds. 

For easy reading, click the [ ] in the bottom right to enter full screen.

You can download a pdf of  the full document HERE.

Donate today

Here at British in Europe we are proud of what we have achieved to date. We are now consulted regularly by both the EU and DExEU and have had influence on the negotiations to date.

However, in order to continue our work, we need financial support. Throughout the last 2 years we have funded much of our own travel and expenses as well as taken time away from our day jobs. We now need your help in continuing this fight. Money you donate will be used:

  1. To pay the expenses of our steering team so they can meet with the key negotiators in London and Brussels and attend events.
  2. To pay marketing expenses so we can communicate better with our supporters.

Thank you to everyone who donates. Due to high workloads we are unable to thank all donors individually but rest assured, each and every euro is appreciated and will be used to advocate on your behalf.

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