Laura Shields gave an interview to Simon Bolton of Sky News following the adoptions of the Withdrawal Agreement on Sunday 25th November.
British in Europe has again found it necessary to write to Theresa May to protest at stated British government policy with regard to Brexit, freedom of movement and its treatment of our EU27 friends and colleagues living in the UK.
Please see the letter on the British in Europe website or download the letter by clicking on the icon below.
Jane Golding and member other members of British in German, British in Europe as well as the 3 Million, took part in “The Last Mile” event in London. While there was little coverage in the UK, there was significant coverage in the German Language press:
ARD – Tagesschau
Hit Radio FFH
Täglicher Anzeiger Holzminden
Die Presse (Videoausschnitt)
Wiener Zeitung (nur Foto)
24 Deutschland (nur Foto)
Remember, remember the fifth of November ….. Monday is the day for our lobby of Parliament, preceded by delivery of a letter to Theresa May. The letter will be published on the Facebook group and on Twitter shortly after 12 noon (11am UK time) once it has been delivered to Downing Street. This is an opportunity to convince MPs of the importance of protecting our rights, and to explain to them why and how. We are also aiming for media publicity, in Germany as well as in the UK.
How can you help?
1. If not already done, join the E-Lobby. It’s as simple as emailing a letter to, or tweeting, your MP or former MP. More instructions, including how to register so that we know how many have joined, are here: https://britishineurope.org/e-lobby/
Do let us know if your MP replies to you and also forward their response to email@example.com
2. Ask your friends and family to join the E-Lobby.
3. Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or simple email to spread the message far and wide. If you are on Twitter, please make sure you are following and retweeting britsingermany, britishineurope, the3million and LastMileLobby18. Please do share the letter to Theresa May with your own Facebook contacts and retweet after 12 noon (11am UK time).
4. Perhaps you can use this as an opportunity to contact the local press in your own area. There will be information and pictures available on Twitter and Facebook by Monday afternoon, and perhaps your local journalists would be interested in your local perspective. Daniel (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ingrid (Ingrid.Taylor@britishingermany.org) will be acting as British in Germany media contacts during the day, so can also be contacted if you need help on this.
As part of the Last Mile Lobby, a joint letter to Theresa May was delivered to Downing Street by representatives of the3million, Unison and British in Europe.
In it, the groups express their concerns over citizens’ rights of the 5 million citizens affected and ask Mrs. May to join with the EU and meet their commitments to them.
Here is a pdf of the full letter
and a German translation.
Finally here is a Press Release for the German Media.
However whether you are able to attend or not you can still take part in the lobbying activity by writing to your MP.
As British in Europe say:
What are we lobbying for?
It’s been over two years since the EU referendum, and as March 2019 draws closer the many months of negotiations might still come to nothing if the EU and the UK don’t reach an agreement on Brexit.
Enough is enough – we need the UK government and the EU to honour the commitments already made to us during the negotiations, no matter what. We are campaigning, alongside our friends the3million, which represents EU citizens in the UK, for the UK government and the EU to commit now to ring-fencing and implementing the citizens’ rights part of the Withdrawal Agreement under Article 50 – no matter what the outcome on Brexit.
The last lobby on 13th September, 2017 was attended by 400 people, with over 1000 sending in letters as part of the e-lobby. With time running out, help us make this year even bigger.
A template letter is available, but it is always more effective if you can personalise it with your own situation.
If you have any further question, check out the FAQ page on the British in Europe website.
Ellie Sellwood reports on the London March which took place on 20th October.
Sunshine, Solidarity and Strength: British in Germany at the People’s Vote March for the Future
British in Germany members traveled from across Germany to march with 670,000 people at the People’s Vote March for the Future on Saturday 20th October. British in Germany and British in Hamburg member Ellie Sellwood reports.
The day began with a gathering of Brits who had traveled from all corners of Europe and European citizens residing in the UK, at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park. The group came together under the umbrella of the Five Million – the number of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens residing in the EU who have been largely forgotten in the Brexit proceedings.
The group of around 400 people all gathered in the sunshine on the field under their banners, in blue berets with yellow stars on, and waving their placards, some dressed in white, others in blue. For some, it was the very first time they had met each other, as so many of these citizens’ rights groups have members from all across Europe and it was like a big meeting of old friends.
At the front stood members of the British in Europe Steering Committee, including Jane Golding founder of British in Germany and spokeswoman for British in Europe, and members from the3million. First to address the crowd was Axel Antoni, spokesperson for the3million who spoke about the fact that EU citizens hadn’t had the chance to vote in the referendum and have been some of the worst affected by the negotiations. By the end of his speech he had the crowd chanting ‘We’re the 5 million.’ Then came Kalba Meadows, founder of Remain in France Together and member of British in Europe’s steering committee, who had organized the gathering for the Brits from across Europe. And then it was the turn of Debbie and Molly Williams and Elena Remigi of the In Limbo project who spoke about the plight of the contributors to the In Limbo books. Amidst shouts of ‘We are the 5 Million’ in a number of different languages, a few tears were shed and the groups all started to set off singing and chanting towards the start of the march.
Once the group had walked a short way, it became clear, as more and more people spilled out of the coaches, that a huge number of people had shown up to take part. This became even clearer when British in Germany, British in Europe, the3million, British in Italy and the Brexpats groups found themselves stuck at a standstill for two hours before the march got underway.
Whilst the marchers were waiting, there was singing, clapping, dancing and, of course, chanting which meant that everyone was in a party mood. There were new parents carrying their babies with placards like ‘I missed my first birthday to march for my future,’ pensioners shouting ‘Bollocks to Brexit,’ young people waving European or rainbow flags with placards stating that the UK government was taking their rights away and people of every age, gender, creed and colour imaginable. It truly was a fantastic turn-out and a real joy to be a part of.
Once the march got underway, there was music and the Ode to Joy was played almost non-stop, be it by bagpipes or a boombox. It was then that rumours started to spread like wildfire through the crowd, someone said that the marchers totaled half a million, another said 600,000. Whatever the truth, learning that the number could be that high really added to the excitement.
The British in Germany group didn’t make it to the speeches by Parliament because of the sheer numbers of people, but it was an honour to be there and to march for so many of us across Germany who are living in limbo. One thing’s for sure… the tide is turning on Brexit and we were so happy to have been a part of making this happen.
Image (c) Ellie Sellwood and British in Germany
Following the Salzburg Informal Summit and Theresa May’s broadcast this afternoon (Friday 21st September), British in Europe has written an Open Letter to Theresa May appealing for her to remember and protect the rights of UK Citizens’ in the EU.
You can read the letter on the British in Europe website.
Please follow the news and developments on the British in Europe website, but here are some highlights:
Liverpool 25 September:
BiE Chair Jane Golding and Nicolas Hatton of the3million will co-chair a Labour Conference fringe event. She will explode the myth that our rights have been sorted and underline the huge importance of freedom of movement for UKinEU citizens.
Birmingham 1 October:
Fiona Godfrey and Nicolas Hatton will co-chair a fringe event about citizens’ rights at the Conservative Party Conference. Christopher Chantrey will attend another fringe event organised by Tories against Brexit in support of a People’s Vote. He will also speak on ‘Brexit from the expat point of view’ at the Conservatives Abroad Conference in London on 4 October.
Brussels 9-11 October:
Jane Golding and Fiona Godfrey will be talking to the European Commission Article 50 Task Force and officials at the European Council. Fiona will address Green MEPs and we will be targeting other key MEPs (European Popular Party, Socialists, ALDE – liberals). Our key message will be this: ‘hold your line and don’t sign off on a Withdrawal Agreement that doesn’t include all our rights.’
London 20 October:
British in Europe and the3million will be taking part in the big March for a People’s Vote. We will hold a pre-march gathering at 10.30am at the aptly named Joy of Life Fountain in Hyde Park.
We are going to Parliament on Guy Fawkes Day with the3million, British in Europe and UNISON, for a Day of Action. There will be a human chain from Parliament Square to 10 Downing Street, where we will deliver a letter to the Prime Minister, followed by a rally outside Parliament. In the afternoon, BiE steering group members, along with any members of our groups who wish to join us, will enter the Houses of Parliament to lobby MPs. We will ask them to sign a pledge to support the honouring of the agreement on citizens’ rights (as a minimum and whatever the outcome of the negotiations) and the strengthening of the Withdrawal Agreement to include freedom of movement.
* The mass grassroots e-lobby of MPs in support of this event will begin on 9 October.
For updates see the special Facebook page: https://www.facebook.