martes, 10 de abril de 2018

26/04: PUBLIC MEETING IN MADRID - WHERE ARE WE NOW ON CITIZEN'S RIGHTS?

Sarah-Jane Morris, British Consul in Madrid, will be at the Centro Gallego (C/ Carretas, 14, Metro Sol) at 19.00 on Thursday 26 April to attend an open meeting on citizens’ rights after Brexit organised by the campaigning group EuroCitizens
She will talk with British residents about their concerns over Brexit: our legal position until 29 March 2019, what status we will have during the transition period and afterwards, what we can do to prepare. Sarah-Jane last met UK nationals in Madrid back in November 2016 when the consequences of Brexit seemed unclear (summary). The provisional agreement reached between the EU and the UK before Easter has clarified some things for UKinEU citizens, though EuroCitizens and the coalition British in Europe are highly critical of the deal, expressing concern about a series of outstanding issues such as our freedom of movement in the EU-27, economic rights, qualifications, the right to return after absence, family reunification, voting rights, registration procedures and ring-fencing of citizens’ rights.

The meeting will last about an hour and a half and there will be plenty of time for questions and debate. If you cannot attend, you can send your question for Sarah-Jane via EuroCitizens: eurocitizens.2016@gmail.com 

Please confirm attendance at: vhttps://doodle.com/poll/yt4mm9p58phggmk3  Just vote for the first option.


Cómo llegar: Google Maps

lunes, 12 de marzo de 2018

12/03/18: MP LOBBYING CAMPAIGN: THE FORGOTTEN 1.2 MILLION

EuroCitizens is supporting the latest British in Europe lobbying campaign of UK MPs, to engage their support for our rights (https://britishineurope.org/lobbyyourmp/)
After nearly two years of uncertainty, the December agreement between the EU and the UK does not safeguard our rights as the British government misleadingly claims. It leaves UKinEU citizens landlocked in one country with no freedom of movement throughout the EU27. Our economic rights are severely curtailed and we are deprived of all of our political rights.
This is simply unacceptable. We must make MPs aware of the plight of the forgotten 1.2 million Britons in the EU before it is too late.

What can you do?

1. Write to the MP in the constituency where you last lived:
Template for you to adapt: https://britishineurope.org/mptemplate/

Find your MP by entering the postcode or constituency: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/​.
Or use this spreadsheet: http://bit.ly/MPSpreadsheet.
Engage in conversations and pester MPs (that is what they are there for). 

Please send replies to us and to bielobby@gmail.com.
Writing to MPs is an extremely valuable activity even if you have been out of the country for more than fifteen years.

2. Convince at least one friend or family member in the UK to help us.
Ask them to write to their MP (even better if not the same one as yours) or visit their constituency surgery. Remember that on 3 May there will be local elections in the UK and MPs will be worried about losing councillors. We will produce a template letter.

We must do something to stop us being thrown under the Brexit bus!

martes, 2 de enero de 2018

EUROCITIZENS EARLY NEW YEAR DINNER

We have pleasure in inviting you to the EuroCitizens' early New Year dinner!

WHEN
Friday 19 January as from 20.30.

WHERE
Terra Mundi, a Galician restaurant, in C/ Lope de Vega, 32  28014 Madrid.

WHAT
A pre-dinner drink, a free choice from a range of primeros, segundos and postres (see the detailed menu below). Half a bottle of wine or draught beer is included per person.

HOW MUCH
A set price of €28.00 per person which includes the pre-dinner drink at the bar (a wine, a beer, un refresco, one drink per person) as from 20.30 when the restaurant opens, followed by a sit-down dinner (free seating). A small tip is also included in this price.

The €28.00 per person will be collected in cash at the start of the evening. Please make sure you bring the exact amount with you.

WHO CAN ATTEND
Any supporter of EuroCitizens or family member or friend.

HOW TO SIGN UP
Please send an email to Alan Matthews ( ajrmatthews@gmail.com ) as soon as possible indicating the name(s) of anyone coming with you. It would be useful if you would let us have your mobile number as well.
So as to be able to inform the restaurant in advance of the exact number coming, it is essential that you confirm your attendance by Wednesday 17th January at the latest. We will send you a reminder by email just before the Wednesday. If anything unforeseen happens after that at the very last moment, please let Alan know.

More about dinner:

lunes, 18 de diciembre de 2017

12/17: BinE NEWSLETTER - 'OUR FIGHT MOVES ON TO PHASE TWO'

Here is the latest British in Europe newsletter with our reactions to the provisional deal made between the EU and the UK government. We analyse how the agreement might affect the lives of Britons in the EU. There is information about our lobbying campaign and our meetings with Guy Verhofstadt and Michel Barnier. We also include calls for volunteers and news about BinE groups and affiliates around Europe. Last but not least, we have a British in Europe Xmas card for you to send to your family and friends!


































































































































































































miércoles, 13 de diciembre de 2017

SPANISH FOREIGN MINISTER DASTIS MEETS REPRESENTATIVES OF 500,000 SPANIARDS AND BRITONS AFFECTED BY BREXIT

On Tuesday 12 December, various associations (the3million, Españoles en el Reino Unido, EuroCitizens and British in Europe) met the Spanish foreign minister in Madrid. Alfonso Dastis and his team listened to the concerns of these groups that represent many of the 300,000 Britons in Spain and 200,000 Spaniards in the UK and there was a frank and fruitful discussion.

Camilla Hillier-Fry (EuroCitizens) highlighted the disappointment of citizens after the provisional agreement between the UK and the EU on 8 December left outstanding issues that affect people’s daily lives. Silvia González (the3million) listed the key problems: the lack of ring-fencing of an agreement about citizens’ rights; no right of return after an absence of more than five years; restrictions on the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice; no family reunification of future spouses and partners; the problems created by the UK’s proposal to include EU citizens under their present immigration procedures for third country nationals.

Michael Harris (EuroCitizens) mentioned that, due to reciprocity, the same immigration process would probably be applied to Britons in the EU, which would increase citizens’ difficulties in securing their status. He strongly criticised the EU’s current position limiting current freedom of movement rights for British residents in EU27 countries; it would be catastrophic for many families whose livelihood depended on this mobility. Ignacio Madariaga (Españoles en el RU) raised the issue of the loss of voting rights for both British and Spanish citizens. He also asked the Spanish government to study the implementation of double nationality for Britons in Spain and the spouses of Spaniards living in the UK. He made a series of practical suggestions. For example, the Spanish government could ask the UK to accept the Spanish Embassy’s register of citizens as valid proof of residence for the application process.

The ministry took note of the associations’ concerns and promised to bear them in mind, although he pointed out that negotiations are in the hands of the European Commission. Mr Dastis said that some of the citizens’ demands could probably be met, but he saw problems for others, such as the life-long right to return, except in well-documented cases. He admitted that issues such as double nationality and the vote in local elections could be agreed bilaterally between Spain and the UK. Finally, he expressed his desire to maintain as fully as possible the current status of Spaniards in Britain and Britons in Spain.

EL MINISTRO DE ASUNTOS EXTERIORES SE REÚNE CON ASOCIACIONES QUE REPRESENTAN A 500.000 CIUDADANOS ESPAÑOLES Y BRITÁNICOS AFECTADOS POR EL BREXIT


El martes 12 de diciembre, los colectivos the3million, Españoles en el Reino Unido y EuroCitizens (que pertenece a la coalición British in Europe) se reunieron con el Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación Alfonso Dastis en el madrileño Palacio de Santa Cruz. El ministro y su equipo escucharon con atención las reivindicaciones de las asociaciones y hubo un diálogo franco y fructífero. 

Camilla Hillier-Fry (EuroCitizens) agradeció el talante que ha mostrado el Sr. Dastis de escuchar las preocupaciones de la ciudadanía. A continuación describió el malestar de los colectivos debido a la incertidumbre en aspectos clave relacionados con la vida diaria de los ciudadanos después del acuerdo provisional entre la UE y el RU. Silvia González (the3million) enumeró las lagunas más preocupantes: la falta del ‘blindaje’ del acuerdo sobre ciudadanos; la restricción del derecho a volver tras una ausencia de cinco años; las limitaciones a la jurisdicción en el RU del Tribunal de Justicia de la UE; las dificultades para la reunificación familiar de futuros esposos y parejas; la problemática derivada de la propuesta del RU de incluir a los ciudadanos europeos bajo su sistema de inmigración para terceros países.

Michael Harris (EuroCitizens) añadió su preocupación por la aplicación de dicho estatus y los consiguientes procedimientos administrativos porque se pueden aplicar a los británicos en la UE en reciprocidad. Criticó con dureza la postura de la UE sobre la limitación para los británicos del derecho a la libre circulación dentro de la UE27; será catastrófica para las familias cuyo sustento depende de su movilidad. Ignacio Madariaga (Españoles en el RU) mencionó la pérdida de derechos políticos para españoles y británicos. También pidió que el gobierno español estudiara la doble nacionalidad para británicos en España y para los cónyuges de los españoles en el RU. Hizo una serie de sugerencias prácticas, por ejemplo solicitar al gobierno británico que estar registrado por la Embajada Española en el RU sea admitida como una prueba de residencia, algo que ayudaría a los colectivos más desfavorecidos.

El ministro tomó nota de las preocupaciones de los ciudadanos y prometió tenerlas en cuenta a la hora de informar la postura del Gobierno español, aunque recordó que la negociación está en manos de la Comisión Europea. El Sr. Dastis valoró positivamente la posibilidad de obtener algunas de las reclamaciones citadas, pero vio más difícil otras como el derecho vitalicio a volver salvo en casos tasados. Admitió que temas como la doble nacionalidad y el voto en las elecciones locales sí se pueden abordar de forma bilateral entre España y el Reino Unido. Finalmente expresó su voluntad de mantener, en todo lo posible, el actual estatus de los españoles en el RU y los británicos en España.