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Report on InfoAbend in Dresden, 11th January


An information event organised by the British embassy and the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft was held in Dresden on the evening of 11 January 2019. It was attended by approximately 70 persons. The vast majority of those present had arrived in Germany within the last 5 years and were working. None had taken on German citizenship and only three people were applying for German citizenship.


Deputy Head of Mission Robbie Bulloch gave an update on citizens’ rights in both a deal and no-deal situations. He stressed that the government does not want or expect a no-deal situation. Rob Compton then gave a short speech introducing British in Germany, its current activities and called for audience members to get involved with British in Germany in Dresden.

Daniel Senf of the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft Dresden chaired a 90-minute Q&A session in which the audience asked many questions concerning their rights after the UK exits the EU. Almost all questions were related to residence entitlements and third country national status and/or retaining British nationality when taking German citizenship in both deal / no-deal scenarios. Prisca Merz of the British embassy was able to provide lots of detail.

Main Image: By User:Kolossos – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2092763

In-page Images: British in Germany

British in Germany on ZDF’s Länderspiegel

ZDF’s regional magazine programme Länderspiegel contained an item on the concerns and fate of British Citizens living in Germany.

With interviews from Paderborn and Berlin, British Citizens were asked about their concerns and fears from a British Brexit.

The programme can be seen (in German naturally), by clicking on the image below and going to the second item in the programme at 4:41mins in.

Images (c) ZDF, 2019

And here are a few more photographs taken at the Stammtisch by Rob.

Images (c) Rob Compton, 2019

Stammtisch in Frankfurt, 30th January

Come along to the next British in Germany Frankfurt Stammtisch taking place on Wednesday the 30th of January! It is a chance for British Citizens in the area to gather and discuss the events of this week, and any Brexit developments that happen between now and then.

Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Place: Daheim im Lorsbacher Thal, Große Rittergasse 49, 60594 Frankfurt

More information and a contact person can be found on the Facebook posting.

Also see our Events Calendar.

BiG in the news

Several items of news have featured members of British in Germany recently in reports about the impact of Brexit on UK nationals living in Germany and more widely in the EU.

We publish such media events on our webpage, BiG in the news, but with several items so close one after another, we thought it useful to highlight them here too:

(DE)  Ingrid Taylor was interviewed on the BR about the impact of the failed vote on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons, ‘Ingrid Taylor, Verein “British in Bavaria“‘, BR-Podcast, 16th January, 2019

Daniel Tetlow was interviewed on the situation for UK Nationals living in another EU Member state on Deutsche Welle, 16th January, 2019

Jane Golding was interviewed on the situation in the UK following Parliament’s rejection of the Withdrawal Bill  on Deutsche Welle, 16th January, 2019

Daniel Tetlow was interviewed as part of an article on how “No-Deal” would affect UK nationals living in another EU Member State, ‘Brexit: How would no deal affect UK citizens in the EU?‘, BBC, 14 January, 2019

Matt Bristow of BiG was interviewed as part of an article on the situation of UK nationals now living in another EU Member state, ‘We are being abandoned’: Britons in EU on the Brexit deal vote,’ The Guardian,  13 January, 2019

Jane Golding speaks for BiG before a Bundestag Committee

The German Parliamentary Committee for the European Union has heard from Expert Witnesses about the Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK. Jane Golding attended to provide evidence on the impact of Brexit on UK nationals living and working in Germany.

Although she chose to speak in English, the recording of the event contains only the German translation.

Her contributions can be seen at 32:30 (following the question from the German MP) and for a second time at 1:10:40 on the Bundestag Mediathek Website with a report (in German) of the proceeding also on the Bundestag Website.

British in Germany also provided written evidence what can also be found on the Bundestag Website as part of the entire written contributions.

 

Bulletin on the InfoAbend in Munich, 14 January

Attended by a representative from Munich´s Immigration Office

A high-calibre panel fielded questions from 300+ concerned UK Citizens last night in an open evening organised by the Consulate-General in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg and British in Bavaria/British in Germany e.V. Munich´s Immigration Office was also represented on the panel. This is only the second Immigration Office in Germany (after Berlin) to speak publicly to UK nationals in Germany about their future status in a deal or no deal scenario.

Was the audience reassured by what they heard? What were their concerns?

BR Fernsehen interviewed attendees and also panellist David Hole of British in Bavaria. Watch that report on BR Fernsehen´s Abendschau Süd programme from 15th January at 17:30. Click the image to go to the BR Mediathek. The interview is the first item in the programme.

[A fuller report on the evening follows on this website]

InfoAbend in Stuttgart, 31 January

Join us for a talk from Stuttgart-based commercial lawyer John Hammond (CMS) on the legal perspective on the current Brexit situation, followed by a Q&A.

John Hammond specialises in international M&A transactions and joint ventures. He advises major German and international companies on cross-border deals as well as on dispute resolution. He has long-standing experience advising on international projects, in particular in the UK, Russia and CEE countries.

Location: academie der schönsten künste, 70182 Stuttgart-Mitte
Date and time: Thursday, 31 January 2019. 19:00-22:00

British in Germany believes that all those who moved to the EU prior to the UK exiting the EU should not be negatively and retrospectively affected by the exit of the UK from the EU. UK citizens travelled over many decades to live and work across Europe, with the expectation that our citizens rights were for life and were irrevocable. Stuttgart is the sixth largest city in Germany with a significant and highly integrated population of British nationals. As a chapter of British in Germany, British in Stuttgart aims to provide a network of information and support for British nationals and their families during the negotiations in Europe and in the period thereafter. British in Germany is a coalition member of British in Europe, the largest citizens’ rights organisation in Europe. They are in direct consultation with both sides of the Brexit negotiating
table. By working together, we will not be ignored.

Click on the logo beneath to download a copy of the flyer for the event.

Also see our Events Calendar.

Image: By Julian Herzog, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43511715

InfoAbend in Hamburg, 22 January

Safeguarding the rights of British nationals living and working in the EU remains a top priority for both the UK and the EU, and the British community in Germany are an important part of the future UK-Germany relationship. We are continuing our series of information evenings across Germany to ensure British citizens have the opportunity to share any concerns, and ask our speakers any questions they have about citizens’ rights after the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Nicholas Teller (British Honorary Consul in Hamburg) and Rachel King (Economic Counsellor and Head of EU & Economic Section at the British Embassy Berlin) are pleased to invite you to our next open evening for British citizens living in Hamburg.

Time:  Tuesday 22 January 2019, 18.00 – 22:00

Place: The Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket, Zeughausmarkt 22, 20459 Hamburg

They will be joined by a representative from British in Germany and the German authorities (both names tbc). We look forward to welcoming you in Hamburg. Doors open at 17.30, refreshments will be served. Please click on the following link to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-evening-for-uk-nationals-in-hamburg-tickets-54398012921

After the opening speeches you will have plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

As attendance numbers are limited please only come if you are a British citizen in Hamburg and are directly affected by the topic of citizens’ rights after the UK’s exit from the EU. Attendance will be accepted on a first come first served basis. We reserve the right to limit numbers according to capacity.

Also see our Events Calendar.

Image: By IqRS – Fotos von IqRS, freigegeben als PD (siehe [[:de:Wikipedia:Bilderwerkstatt/Archiv/2008/Juli#Alster|]]), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15650549

InfoAbend in Munich, 14th January

The British Consulate-General Munich in collaboration with British in Germany will host another Open Evening for UK Nationals in Munich.

Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm.
Place:  The Auditorium at the St. Georges International school, Heidemannstr. 182, 80939 Munich.

HM Consul General Simon Kendall will give an update on the status of negotiations on citizens’ rights and what this means for you. Joining him will be David Hole from British in Germany e.V. Then there will be plenty of time to ask any questions you have.
The event is primarily aimed at British citizens living in and around Munich. Family members and friends are, of course, also welcome to attend.

Doors open at 5.30 pm. The event will run from 6pm to 8.30 pm.

Please register using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/open-evening-for-uk-nationals-in-munich-tickets-53532423921

We look forward to welcoming you then.

Image (c) Sue McInerney