Response to Sajid Javid

21 JUNE – In response to UK Home Secretary, Sajid Javid’s call for the EU 27 to publish more detail on its post-Brexit registration plans for UK citizens living on the continent, Jane Golding, Chair of British in Europe said:

‘Obviously, we welcome any interest from the UK government when it comes to fighting the corner of its 1.2 mn British nationals living on the continent.

However, as Mary Berry might have said: this display of concern from the British Government is a bit late and a bit rich. What the Home Secretary appears not to realise is that it is the UK government that has thrown its own nationals in Europe into this uncertainty by insisting on introducing settled status for EU citizens in the UK so that it became an option for us in the EU 27 in December’s last-minute deal.

The EU 27 was not interested in settled status up until then.

Furthermore, Mr Javid seems to be asking all the wrong questions. Rather than asking what systems the EU 27 are planning to set up he should know by now that the current registration systems across the EU27 are largely working well and that it is only France – along with the UK- that doesn’t require some form of registration for EU citizens. As such, he should be asking what the EU 27 is planning to do to tweak existing systems, rather than setting up new ones.

Perhaps Mr Javid, Mr Davis and Mrs May could come and talk to us about what people on the ground actually need rather than simply deciding what’s best for them.

If they did, they would also know that free movement remains a huge issue for British people on the continent. With 80% of Brits in the EU 27 working age or younger, many of us rely on it for work and to keep our families together. We need Mrs May to put it back on the table at next week’s summit as part of the withdrawal agreement. We think it would be an easy win for her and it would put people back at the heart of Brexit: helping her to meet one of her key negotiation objectives’.

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8 thoughts on “Response to Sajid Javid”

  1. If the UK had implemented a registration system as did all the other EU countries (apart from France), immigration would have been naturally controlled via the application form, and the Brexit vote would never have happened. Too late now of course. I am British and my husband is Austrian and we are very worried about our future.

    1. I totally agree with you. I myself had to register in Denmark, back in 1989, so I could start a business coz generally EU citizens are only allowed to be in DK for 3 months as tourists.

      The Brexiters made up the slogan “take back control “ when, as Angela Mraz said, it was the British government who never applied registration of the EU citizens coming into the country to work!
      I find that the Brexit vote was corrupt and we should have a 2nd vote that also includes us expats, like myself, who have been disenfranchised for living more the 15 years in one of the EU countries.

  2. After writing to the EU petitions committee, I was invited to a discussion on voting rights forUK/ EU citizens in relation to Brexit and our future rights. The Petitions Commitee listened and are trying to help us.
    The UK government has in contrast done nothing to help its citizens, many of us weren’t even given a vote in the referendum that is changing our lives.
    When I tried to contact UK politicians, I received a standard reply, something like : “sorry you are not a constituant, so I can’t deal with your concerns”.
    It’s about time that UK government started helping us, instead of using us as bargaining chips!

  3. I keep hearing from the British side that they are doing all they can and the EU is not playing ball. The EU says that the UK is not making viable proposals that they can agree to. Again, the Chuckle Brothers springs to mind – to me, to you, to me etc! When they have finished with this pantomime they need to remember that there are 1.2 million lives of Brits in the EU that are in limbo! I honestly think we have been patient for long enough and we now need some guarantees as to our continued status. Sorry to sound cynical but how have the UK shown they care up to now? For those of us out of the UK for more than 15 years we had no vote in the referendum , the vote for life seems to be put on the backburner and, after Brexit, as non-EU citizens we will have no vote in the EU elections nor in the municipal elections of the country where most of live – Spain!

  4. On the basis of one letter to my UK MP regarding the safeguarding of UK citizens currently living in the EU – which was ignored – I can’t say I’m facing the future with much optimism. But I’ll make a point I’ve raised before on this site: given the UK’s cynical and clueless attitude to our welfare, doesn’t it make sense to lobby and petition EU politicians who’ve already voiced their concern over our welfare with the same vigour that’s going into similar efforts in the UK ?

  5. Don’t forget the loss of rights of future spouses.
    As the WA stands single ( widowed or separated) Expats will lose the right to future spouses, from non EU countries living with them in the EU after Brexit. The new spouse will be subject to Immigration earnings requirements which they may not be able to afford.
    As a consequence an expat who loses his partner, for example, will not be able to remarry a British Citizen unless the new spouse is already registered or the relationship is formed before April 2019.
    There will be a lot of lonely people living in the EU after Brexit as a result of this.
    Is your campaign recognising this important issue?

  6. I find this a bit rich, asking other EU countries what they will do for British citizens, from a government who did nothing, in fact blocked us live abroad British citizens (passport holders with sole nationality) from even voting in what is arguably an even larger life issue (Brexit) than for the normal resident Brits. We were disowned in having any say in our future. To now appear to be concerned over our futures, seems rather far fetched and smoke screening what is a very big concern and potentially life changing for so many. The fact that so many did vote with no knowledge of what would be involved, and clearly no politicians did either as so many facts are only becoming clear now, but all expats in the EU knew this was a disaster from the moment the result was given. It has actually been many other EU countries that have driven the negotiations in Brussels on what happens to the people of all EU nationalities who live in other EU countries, The British government insisted initially that that would only be discussed in the late stages of negotiations, and other member states claimed it was a primary human rights issue to be discussed before other items. I think we are all aware that Fake news has showcased well throught this process, its time it stopped now.

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