“Ich glaub nicht, dass ich rausgeworfen werde.”
With the threat of a “no deal” looming ever larger, about 50 Brits in Munich gathered on Monday evening, 26 November, for a Stammtisch entitled “End Game – Are you ready?”.
A journalist and a photographer from the Süddeutsche Zeitung came along to report on our concerns at this critical point in the Brexit process. Worries centred on residence status post Brexit, loss of onward freedom of movement, healthcare costs, citizenship and family reunion. Comparisons were also drawn with the plight of EU citizens in the UK.
The organising team of British in Bavaria gave updates on the main themes, reporting on recent lobbying activities and urging all Brits to consult the “no deal checklist” on the British in Germany website. Then followed a Q&A session and an exchange of views on what happens next.
The article from the Süddeutsche Zeitung can be access by clicking on their icon below:The latest British in Bavaria Newsletter is also available and can be downloaded below.
Images (c) – Clive Ashbolt
Come along to the British in Bavaria Stammtisch/Get-Together in Munich on Monday, 26 November.
All are welcome to come along for a chat and update on the latest developments (healthcare, pensions, residence permits, citizenship, freedom of movement, People’s Vote?, new elections? ….)
Altmünchner Gesellenhaus, Adolf-Kolping-Straße 1, München. MVV: Stachus
The latest British in Bavaria Newsletter is also available and can be downloaded below.
This events also appears in our Events Calendar.
Image (c) Sue McInerney
British in Bavaria talk – in English – on BREXIT
Constitutional, Political, Economic and Social Causes
The Referendum and Prospects for a People’s Vote
Monday, 8 October, Munich
Former UK diplomat Colin Munro treated his audience of 100+ Germans and Brits to a review of how the referendum came about, identifying five major policy miscalculations of the UK government since WW2 as likely root causes, and outlining the deficiencies of the UK´s constitutional and election framework. His recollections and anecdotes of politics and politicians from over four decades of experience in the UK Diplomatic Service were much appreciated by the attendees. Also valuable was his assessment of the many imponderables as we enter the final phase of negotiations – e.g. the prospects for a People´s Vote or a new general election, the extremes of the Conservative and Labour parties, the role of Westminster, the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Irish Assembly, and the Irish border problem.
The historical perspective Colin delivered and his expert analysis of recent referenda (Margaret Thatcher: “a device of demagogues and dictators”) provided important context. As did his reminder that the European Union, imperfect as it still may be, has brought immense benefit to the people of Europe in terms of peace and stability.
In the Q&As after his talk, Colin was impressed with the quality of the questions from the well informed audience.
Colin Munro lives in Vienna. He is the founder of UKCA, UK Citizens in Austria, which organises events to support Brits based in Austria.
The text and accompanying slides from his talk is available on the UK Citizens in Austria site.
Images (c) Sue McInerney and Ingrid Taylor