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Our right to return to the UK with our non-UK families

British in Europe have long been lobbying Westminster about issues  affecting UK in EU within the UK Immigration Bill. This is crucial legislation for us as it removes our existing right to return to Britain with our non-UK families. From March 2022 they will come under the tough British immigration rules, meaning that we will have to be earning £18,600 a year and our partner’s income will only count if s/he has been earning in the UK for more than six months. Continue reading Our right to return to the UK with our non-UK families

The Internal Market Bill – BiE’s statement

Following the extraordinary events in the UK Parliament this week we have, along with the3million, published a statement calling for the PM to give a statement in the House confirming that the UK will honour all its commitments to EU citizens in the UK and to its own citizens in the EU.

Read the statement in full here. The text is below.

Continue reading The Internal Market Bill – BiE’s statement

BiE applies to intervene in two legal actions

British in Europe (BiE) has applied to intervene in two actions being brought in the General Court of the EU about the EU Council decision of 30 January 2020 to conclude the Withdrawal Agreement.  BiE’s strategy has always been that the best way of preserving our rights was by lobbying but that we should not hesitate to litigate to try to preserve rights which lobbying fails to secure.  The most critical right denied us by the Withdrawal Agreement is EU-wide free movement. Continue reading BiE applies to intervene in two legal actions

The Guidance Note – Part 2: Families & Dual Nationals

In May 2020, the European Commission published the Guidance Note to be used by national authorities in conjunction with the  Withdrawal Agreement. The Guidance Note will help make sure that the Citizens’ Rights chapter of the Withdrawal Agreement is implemented correctly.

Here at British in Europe, we recognise that the vital information contained within the 57-page document is not easy to understand for many of us and therefore our team have been hard at work creating a series of easy-to-read guides much as we did for our easy to digest guides to the Withdrawal Agreement earlier in the year.

This is the second of the series of three guides focusing on Family Members, Family Reunification, and Dual Nationals.

The first on Residence Rights can be read here.

The final guide will cover Pensions Healthcare and Social Security.

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

 

If you find our guides useful, donate to British in Europe. We need your financial support to continue with our advocacy and information provision.

You can download an A4 pdf copy of the guide 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. All materials are subject to copyright.

 

The Guidance Note – Part 1: Residence Rights & Procedures

In May 2020, the European Commission published the Guidance Note to be used by national authorities in conjunction with the  Withdrawal Agreement. The Guidance Note will help make sure that the Citizens’ Rights chapter of the Withdrawal Agreement is implemented correctly.

Here at British in Europe, we recognise that the vital information contained within the 57-page document is not easy to understand for many of us and therefore our team have been hard at work creating a series of easy-to-read guides much as we did for our easy to digest guides to the Withdrawal Agreement earlier in the year.

This is the first of the series of three guides focusing on Residence Rights and Procedures. Future guides will look at:

  • Family Members, Family Reunification, and dual nationals, and
  • Pensions Healthcare and Social Security

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

If you find our guides useful, donate to British in Europe. We need your financial support to continue with our advocacy and information provision.

You can download an A4 pdf copy of the guide 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. All materials are subject to copyright.

 

Evidence to Parliamentary Select Committee

At the end of April 2020 British in Europe was once more asked by the UK Parliamentary Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union to provide evidence. We have already given oral evidence twice to this committee, which is chaired by Hilary Benn, as well as written evidence.

This time, our views  on 9 specific questions was requested.

Continue reading Evidence to Parliamentary Select Committee

Quarantine policy – a letter to the PM

The Prime Minister recently confirmed in the House of Commons that the UK will implement a period of quarantine/self-isolation by the end of May for all travellers arriving in the UK except for those coming from France or Ireland.

We have written to him and his Ministers to request that this decision is reviewed and extended to all UK and EU/EEA/EFTA citizens arriving from EU/EEA/EFTA countries, be it by air, rail or sea.

It is discriminatory to exempt a UK national living in France from 14 days self-isolation but not a UK national living in Greece. Furthermore, there is no scientific basis for this decision given that very many countries in the EU/EEA/EFTA region have had far fewer cases of COVID-19 and recorded far fewer deaths from it than France.

This is not questioning whether or not there should be a quarantine, that is for the Government to decide. However, we are protesting against the differing treatment of British citizens who reside in France to those that reside elsewhere in the EU. There should be no difference in our treatment, especially where the implemented policy could lead to some of us losing our livelihoods in an already difficult period.

Read the letter in full here and the text is below:


12th May 2020

Dear Prime Minister,
Dear Foreign Secretary,
Dear Home Secretary,

We write on behalf of British in Europe representing 1.2 million UK nationals living in the EU. We note that the Prime Minister confirmed in the House of Commons that the UK will implement a period of quarantine/self-isolation by the end of May for all travellers arriving in the UK except for those coming from France or Ireland. We are asking you to review this decision and to expand the exempted category to all UK and EU/EEA/EFTA citizens arriving from EU/EEA/EFTA countries, be it by air, rail or sea.

It is discriminatory to exempt a UK national living in France from 14 days self-isolation but not a UK national living in Greece. Furthermore, there is no scientific basis for this decision
given that very many countries in the EU/EEA/EFTA region have had far fewer cases of COVID-19 and recorded far fewer deaths from it than France.

The COVID-19 pandemic is going to be with us for a long time – certainly until we have a safe, effective and widely available vaccine – but that is months, if not years away. Implementing this quarantine decision without an exemption for UK and EU/EEA/EFTA nationals means that tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of us will be effectively prevented from returning to the UK, be it for business, leisure or family reasons, for the foreseeable future. Those of us
who need to work in the UK on a cross-border basis may find ourselves unable to keep our jobs or businesses running in our EU state of residence. In turn, this could affect our ability
to meet economic requirements for residence in our host states under the Withdrawal Agreement. And, as death rates climb in the UK, those of us with family there may simply not see them again unless we can travel to the UK over the summer.

We hope that you will reconsider this decision – as President Macron did when France contemplated a similar step two weeks ago – and provide the requested exemption. This is a time of great unease and concern for everyone and this simple step would at least remove this key concern.

Yours sincerely,