The British Embassy in Berlin led an hour-long Facebook live Q&A on August 6th 2019, in an attempt to directly address the questions and concerns of British citizens living in Germany in the run up to Brexit.
The Embassy’s document has been organised into eight categories determined by the questions posed:
Residency (103 questions)
Work, qualifications, pensions, and benefits (36 questions)
Travel (15 questions)
Healthcare (24 questions)
Passport and nationality (18 questions)
Miscellaneous (16 questions)
Returning to the UK (5 questions)
Education (1 question)
Residency was therefore by far the most recurrent theme, with particular concerns about registration for residency permits being raised. The Embassy reiterates that anyone previously exercising free movement rights in Germany may be granted a residency permit, with permanent permits only being granted automatically to those who have been in Germany five years or longer. The Embassy also confirms that the residency permit is not tied to any German language requirements, nor to employment status.
Other recurring themes included questions about the future status of health insurance policies for UK citizens in Germany (S1), queries about dual citizenship and the position of family members of different nationalities, and about potential issues in travelling into Germany and returning to the UK.
The FB live event created on the whole very positive feedback from BiG members and the Embassy committed a significant amount of manpower and resources to the event. We hope this will set the precedent for further FB live events in Germany and across Europe as British citizens living in the EU face increasing uncertainty and anxiety about their lives and livelihoods living in Europe.
British in Germany urges everyone to use their right to vote in the European Parliament elections on 23-26 May. Together with British in Europe and the3million, we encourage you to contact MEP candidates in your region (whether in the UK or other EU country) and ask them to sign the pledge to keep citizens’ rights on the agenda and guarantee our rights fully in the next European Parliament. If you are meeting any candidates at hustings or other European election events, please ask them to sign the pledge!
The pledge is aimed mostly at British MEP candidates but can be endorsed by MEP candidates from other EU27 countries to support protecting the rights of EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU27.
British in Germany does not endorse individual candidates or any political parties.
Note to candidates:
Please take a picture of yourself with the pledge on a tablet or on paper and tweet it. Here is the pledge which can be enlarged and is also available on the 3 million.org.uk website and here on our BiG page:
We suggest you use the wording below: As an MEP I will protect the rights of @the3million EU citizens in UK and 1.2 million @BritishinEurope #citizenspledge #the3millionvote
If you want to check out who has signed so far, you can visit the Signatoriespage.