I was an ex-pat for 9 years including 7 working in Benelux, and have spent most of my career working in international teams. I welcome our valued EU friends in the UK, and I agree with your approach. My slogan is:
We Lost the Vote, but We Can Still Win the Terms
Now in the months up to March 2017, strong political pressure on specific, factual issues from the general public and interest groups such as British ex-pats is vital: to stir up public indignation at the loss of their rights & to give backbone to the “weak Remainer” majority of Conservative MP’s to limit the damage of Brexit, so forcing the UK Govt. to preserve as many current benefits of EU membership as possible in their negotiation terms.
As well as direct lobbying, one way this pressure can be focussed is by promoting UK Parliamentary Petitions that aim to protect UK ex-pats, EU expats in UK, Freedom of Movement and the Single Market in general. Any UK citizen anywhere, and any UK resident of any nationality, without age limits, can sign these. At 10,000 signatures, the Govt. must answer. At 100, 000 signatures, Parliament must debate the issue.
Please add a page listing relevant open Petitions, whether UK Parliamentary, EU, change.org or other.
I recommend several UK Parliamentary Petitions, the first deriving from my question during the campaign “Why are the Brexiteers so willing to sign away the rights of the British people ?”:
- “Preserve all existing rights of UK citizens to Freedom of Movement in the EU” sign here
2nd, to include protecting our valued friends the EU citizens who are ex-pats in the UK:
- “Keep the Free Movement of People Between the UK and the EU” sign here
Then on specific ex-pat issues:
- “On BREXIT British expatriates should retain their healthcare within the EU” sign here
- “Maintain Pension increases for British pensioners living in the EU.” sign here
- “Let Parliament decide whether or not we remain a member of the European Union”sign here, which needs mass support to thwart Mrs May’s plans to by-pass Parliament in calling Article 50.
Finally, why not,
- “Recognise Brexit is too costly, cancel and prioritise spending on the NHS” sign here
The public should be asking: which MP’s will sign away our rights ?
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