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.
The UK Government’s announcement that it is to continue healthcare funding for S1 holders for just 6 months was top of the agenda for the meeting between members of BiE’s advocacy team and the Foreign Office Minister of State Chris Pincher yesterday evening (23 September). Continue reading BiE meets with Foreign Office Minister of State Chris Pincher
Reacting to the UK Government’s announcement that it will only fund S1 healthcare for 180,000 UK nationals in the EU 27 – including pensioners and persons with disabilities – for six months after a no deal Brexit, Jeremy Morgan, Vice Chair of British in Europe said:
Continue reading Press Release: Healthcare announcement
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
A new platform has been set up to represent the coalition group ‘British in Europe’ in France, and to gather together all the information and resources that are relevant to the citizens’ rights of UK nationals living in France after Brexit. Continue reading France Rights – BiE in France
On Friday 29 August the BiE steering group met at the UNISON building in London, the first time we have all been physically together in one place for over a year. Our first priority was to review how, and indeed whether, we can continue to operate going forward, particularly from January 2020 onwards. The current steering committee members have contributed their professional skills on a voluntary basis for almost three years now. This has involved many hours and personal and pecuniary sacrifices that will not be sustainable for much longer. Continue reading Steering Team Meeting in London
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
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
On Wednesday 3 July 2019, five representatives from British in Europe gave evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Exiting the EU headed by Hilary Benn MP. This was supported by comprehensive written evidence. Continue reading BiE give evidence to Exiting the EU Select Committee