British in Germany (BiG) actively campaigns for the rights of UK citizens in Germany, and German and EU citizens in the UK.
With less than one year to go before Britain leaves the EU, around 4.2 million people—1.2m Brits in Europe and 3m EU nationals in the UK—still stand to lose their fundamental rights, which are not ‘done and dusted’ for anyone.
On 18 March 2018, the European Commission published its third draft Withdrawal Agreement, and announced that it and the UK had reached ‘complete agreement’ on citizens’ rights. This WA is not legally binding, and citizens’ rights have not been ring-fenced. So, the outstanding questions for us are:
- will Brits in the EU lose their free movement?
- will other EU countries recognise our qualifications?
- what will happen when our current or future partners want to join us here in Germany, or when want to return with them to the UK?
- what happens to our residence rights if we leave Germany for a sustained period?
BiG campaigns in Germany from the federal to the local level to ensure that lawmakers take our concerns into account, travelling to meet members of the German Parliament and government, as well as German MEPs. We also inform and organise locally so that Brits are kept up to speed on the negotiations, and can take action to ensure their rights. We are currently in the process of being registered in Germany as a voluntary association (eingetragener Verein, e.V. for short).
We are always looking for more support and volunteers, and also welcome non-British members, as Brexit will regrettably affect all EU citizens. We are organised federally, and have local groups in Berlin, Bavaria (including Nuremburg and Munich), Hamburg, Paderborn, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Leipzig. To get in touch, contact us here.
BiG is also a founding member of the Europe-wide coalition British in Europe (BiE), the largest coalition of grassroots UK citizens’ groups across the EU. Working together with the3million, BiE runs a high-level advocacy campaign at both UK and EU levels. On your behalf, the BiE advocacy team travel to Brussels to meet members of the European Parliament, EU Council and Commission to argue for the safeguarding of all our rights post-Brexit.
Since the original Alternative White Paper of February 2017, and their meeting with Michel Barnier in March 2017, BiE have prepared numerous legal and position papers and submissions. BiE have also met with officials at the highest levels in the UK government and Parliament, and have secured strong support from MEPs. Below is the complete list of the groups in the BiE coalition and associate members.
Below is the complete list of the groups in the BiE coalition and associate members with links to their individual websites:
- BREMAIN IN SPAIN
- BREXPATS HEAR OUR VOICE
- BRITISH IN GERMANY
- BRITISH IN FRANCE
- BRITISH IN ITALY
- ECREU (Expat Citizen Rights in EU)
- FAIR DEAL FOR EXPATS
- RIFT (REMAIN IN FRANCE TOGETHER)