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Report on the Costa Amendment


Last week saw an important vote with respect to UK Citizens’ Rights and EU Citizens’ Rights in the UK in the event of No-Deal.

An amendment put forward by MP Alberta Costa, despite his action costing him his post in the Government and being initially opposed by the Government, was passed without a vote after the Government changed its position.

However the vote is not binding on the UK Government and also requires the cooperation of the EU and so the work continues.

Alberta Costa has already written to Donald Tusk, the head of the Council of Europe representing the 28 EU States, seeking a meeting to discuss the issue and needs the Council to instruct the Commission to negotiate this “mini-Deal” in the event of a No-Deal situation.

However we, in the form of British in Europe, will also be there, adding our weight to the argument. This is costly work in terms of time and travel and therefore we are asking you to support British in Europe by making a donation to them via their website. While we, as British in Germany, are also seeking support from the German Government, the work in Brussels and the UK is also vitally important.

The original reporting follows:

As reported on the British in Europe website, the Conservative MP Alberto Costa, is proposing an amendment to the motion being voted on in the House of Commons next Wednesday 27th Feb. The amendment calls for the Prime Minister to ask the EU to jointly agree *as soon as possible* to adopt the citizens’ rights part of the Withdrawal Agreement – whatever happens with Brexit.

Please follow the British in Europe link and read about this important development and write to your UK MP in support of it.

German media reports on “The Last Mile”

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

https://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/video/video-467871.html

Euronews DE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuX3eUIDHmc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q03u5mPW5Rw (really long piece)

https://de.euronews.com/2018/11/05/menschenkette-gegen-brexit-in-london

https://de.euronews.com/2018/11/05/menschenkette-gegen-die-brexit-angst?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3a+euronews%2fde%2fnews+(euronews+-+news+-+de)

Schwäbische Post

https://www.schwaebische-post.de/politik/eine-kette-aus-brexit-gegnern/1722264/

MSN Nachrichten

https://www.msn.com/de-ch/nachrichten/watch/eu-bürger-in-großbritannien-fordern-rechte-nach-brexit-menschenkette-in-london/vp-BBPnuHu

ORF AT

https://orf.at/stories/3095601/

Kurier AT

https://kurier.at/wirtschaft/brexit-gegner-bildeten-menschenkette-um-regierungssitz-in-london/400315347

Yahoo Nachrichten

https://de.nachrichten.yahoo.com/menschenkette-gegen-brexit-london-123914560.html?guccounter=1

Hit Radio FFH

https://www.ffh.de/video/meController/Mediathek/meAction/index/meTopic/menschenkette-gegen-brexit-in-london.html

Daily Motion

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6wp2wa

DLF

https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/london-demonstration-fuer-rechte-von-eu-buergern.1939.de.html?drn:news_id=942825

Täglicher Anzeiger Holzminden

https://www.tah.de/welt/afp-news-single/brexit-gegner-bilden-menschenkette-um-britischen-regierungssitz-in-london.html

Die Presse (Videoausschnitt)

https://diepresse.com/home/ausland/eu/5524687/EUAustritt_Dublin-gegen-Londons-BrexitLinie

Wiener Zeitung (nur Foto)

https://www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/europa/europaeische_union/1000239_Verwirrspiel-um-Brexit-Gespraeche.html

24 Deutschland (nur Foto)

http://24de.spdns.de/item/95805_menschenkette-gegen-brexit-in-london

Business Finanz

https://www.businessfinanz.com/2018/11/05/menschenkette-gegen-brexit-in-london/

Remember, Remember the 5th of November

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 bielobby@gmail.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 (daniel.tetlow@britishingermany.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.

Open Letter to Theresa May

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.

Join the Last Mile Citizens’ e-lobby

The Last Mile Citizens’ Lobby is now approaching its climax with the mass lobby in London on 5th November.

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.

British in Europe have produced a page providing all the information you need to prepare your own letter to your MP setting out our concerns.

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.

Report on the London March on 20th October 2018

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