SUMMARY: One million UK residents in Spain and other EU countries today demand that the millions of people left in Brexit limbo (including 3 million European in the UK) be put top of the agenda by the EU and UK government. For the first time, BREXPATS IN SPAIN and other groups of UK residents from across Europe have come together to lobby governments. Today they publish an alternative white paper for the UK government, calling on Theresa May to make an immediate agreement to preserve the rights of those in place in the UK and EU before Brexit her main priority during negotiations. One third of UK citizens in the EU – 300,000 people – live in Spain.
On the eve of the Government’s White Paper publication, UK citizens living in the EU present their ‘UK Citizens in Europe – Towards an Alternative White Paper’.
This is the biggest group of British citizens’ organisations in Europe working together for the first time to call for their serious concerns to be acted on before Article 50 is triggered. The groups represent thousands of British citizens living and working across the continent.
‘UK Citizens in Europe – Towards an Alternative White Paper’ sets out clear concerns about being able to live, work, run a business or study in the European countries where many have made lives for themselves and their families.
Authors, Jane Golding and Jeremy Morgan QC added:
“Following the Supreme Court ruling, UK MPs have both the opportunity and the clear responsibility to make approval of the bill to trigger Article 50 conditional on safeguarding the rights and livelihoods of over a million UK citizens living in Europe (as well as around 3 million EU citizens in the UK). This should happen at the earliest opportunity.” (J.Golding)
“Our paper shows that the complex position of individuals who have moved to another EU country. It is clear that unless all rights are preserved, many people will have no choice but to give up their homes and their lives and return to their country of origin” (J.Morgan)
The signatories of the Alternative White Paper are:
BREXPATS IN SPAIN, EuroCitizens (Spain), Bremain in Spain, Brits in Europe (Germany), British Community Committee of France, Expat Citizen Rights in EU (ECREU) on behalf of 6,000 members from 25 EU Countries (France), Fair Deal for Expats (France), RIFT (Remain in France Together), Brexpats Hear our Voice (Belgium), British in Italy, and New Europeans (UK).
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