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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

The Last Mile Citizens’ Lobby

British in Europe together with the 3million and UNISON are organising a series of event around the UK and Brussels culminating in a march on Westminster on the 5th November.

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.

Westminster 5 November: 
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.
Please get involved by joining the e-lobby or attending the day of action on Monday 5 November. For more information: https://britishineurope.org/thelastmile/ or to sign up directly: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brexit-the-last-mile-citizens-lobby-tickets-50144376179

* 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.com/BiEGoesToLondon/ 

British in Europe writes to the UK and EU Negotiating Teams

You have probably already seen the 2nd Open Letter that British in Europe has written to Dominic Raab in the UK and Michel Barnier in the EU regarding the fate of EU and UK citizens in a “no-deal” Brexit scenario.

If you haven’t, please take time to take a look now.

Maybe you could bring it to the attention of your UK MP or your MEP in Brussels. We are also planning to start a grassroots letter writing campaign to MdBs asap so please keep an eye out for that.

We only ask that the UK and EU agree to ring-fence the agreement that they have already come to regarding EU and UK citizens regardless of the outcome in the Brexit negotiations and end the uncertainty we are facing.

Launch of Free Movement campaign

British in Germany has teamed up with British in Europe to produce a video campaign highlighting the positive cases of free movement and calling for this to be put back on the table in negotiations.
We have had two professional videos made and want YOU to help this make some noise by making your own videos, watch the instructional video for more information on how to do this.
Please share anywhere and everywhere and encourage your friends/family/colleagues to make their own videos. We are looking forward to seeing your submissions.

Please view the current videos at our YouTube Channel by clicking on our banner to the above.

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT

is a fundamental right of all EU citizens. It means you can live, work, travel and study in any EU country.

Under the current draft UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement all UK citizens living in the EU will LOSE their right to Free Movement.

BUT IT’S NOT OVER YET!

There are 1.2 million British citizens living in the European Union. All of them plus their families, friends and colleagues would be affected if free movement were lost. We want Theresa May to put continuing free movement for UK citizens in the EU back on the negotiating table.

And YOU can really help!

WE CAN REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Watch the instructional video to see HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED, and please like, subscribe and share this with everyone you know who could be affected.

#KeepFOM

How to send us a video

Remember to only use your first name in the videos! Title your video #KeepFOM – (your name)’s Story, blur or pixelate any faces of people not involved in the campaign and fill in the permission form before or after you send your video (if you do not do this we will not be able to use your submission!)

Via dropbox:

  1. Set up a free dropbox account online and upload your video to your account.
  2. Share your video with bievideocampaign@gmail.com (our dropbox account, not our email, for contact info see below!)
  3. Fill out the permission form here so we can use your video!

Via skype:

  1. Log into skype
  2. Find the contact British InEurope
  3. Choose the option to leave us a video message and send!
  4. Fill out the permission form here so we can use your video!

Want to send us a message?

Contact us at KeepFoM@britishineurope.org

What will happen with my video?

The video will be checked by members of the British in Europe team who will edit and cut the video depending on its length and relevance of content. Once agreed that the video is ok for upload on the YouTube channel and complies with social media policy, the BiE #KeepFOM hash tag label will be inserted in the bottom corner of the video as a stamp of approval, as on the first two professional films.

If we find that the video is being posted to other platforms without the permission or approval of the British in Europe Video Campaign team, copyright infringement will be brought to light and we will ask for immediate removal of the video.

Should you wish for your video to be removed from our platforms at a later date, we will comply and remove your video.

Social media policy

All videos will be first checked that they comply with the FoM campaign requirements and that they follow the generic guidelines put out by many social media campaigns preventing for example: Hate speech, Profanity, obscenity or vulgarity, nudity of any kind, defamation to a person or people, name calling and/or personal attacks, comments whose main purpose are to sell a product, comments that infringe on copyrights, spam comments such as the same comment posted repeatedly on a profile, any other comments that the BiE FoM Social Media team deem inappropriate.

Meeting with the Exiting the European Union Committee in London

Today, 6th June, Nicholas Hatton, Co-chair, the3million, Anne Laure Donskoy, Co-chair, the3million, and Barbara Drozdowicz, Chief Executive Officer, East European Resource Centre; Fiona Godfrey, Chair, British Immigrants living in Luxembourg (BRILL), and Deputy Chair of British in Europe, Jane Golding, Co-Chair, British in Germany, and Chair of British in Europe, Michael Harris, Chair, EuroCitizens, Spain, and Kalba Meadows, Founder, Remain in France Together (RIFT), France all met with and provided evidence to the Exiting the European Union Committee in London.

The meeting was divided into two sessions, one covering the situation of EU Citizens in the UK and the second covering that of UK Citizens in the EU.

The event was recorded and is available on Parliament Live TV, with the second session starting at 10:29:00.