An information event organised by the British embassy and the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft was held in Dresden on the evening of 11 January 2019. It was attended by approximately 70 persons. The vast majority of those present had arrived in Germany within the last 5 years and were working. None had taken on German citizenship and only three people were applying for German citizenship.
Deputy Head of Mission Robbie Bulloch gave an update on citizens’ rights in both a deal and no-deal situations. He stressed that the government does not want or expect a no-deal situation. Rob Compton then gave a short speech introducing British in Germany, its current activities and called for audience members to get involved with British in Germany in Dresden.
Daniel Senf of the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft Dresden chaired a 90-minute Q&A session in which the audience asked many questions concerning their rights after the UK exits the EU. Almost all questions were related to residence entitlements and third country national status and/or retaining British nationality when taking German citizenship in both deal / no-deal scenarios. Prisca Merz of the British embassy was able to provide lots of detail.
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Come along to the next British in Germany Frankfurt Stammtisch taking place on Wednesday the 30th of January! It is a chance for British Citizens in the area to gather and discuss the events of this week, and any Brexit developments that happen between now and then.
Time: 19:00 – 21:00 Place: Daheim im Lorsbacher Thal, Große Rittergasse 49, 60594 Frankfurt
Attended by a representative from Munich´s Immigration Office
A high-calibre panel fielded questions from 300+ concerned UK Citizens last night in an open evening organised by the Consulate-General in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg and British in Bavaria/British in Germany e.V. Munich´s Immigration Office was also represented on the panel. This is only the second Immigration Office in Germany (after Berlin) to speak publicly to UK nationals in Germany about their future status in a deal or no deal scenario.
Was the audience reassured by what they heard? What were their concerns?
BR Fernsehen interviewed attendees and also panellist David Hole of British in Bavaria. Watch that report on BR Fernsehen´s Abendschau Süd programme from 15th January at 17:30. Click the image to go to the BR Mediathek. The interview is the first item in the programme.
[A fuller report on the evening follows on this website]
Safeguarding the rights of British nationals living and working in the EU remains a top priority for both the UK and the EU, and the British community in Germany are an important part of the future UK-Germany relationship. We are continuing our series of information evenings across Germany to ensure British citizens have the opportunity to share any concerns, and ask our speakers any questions they have about citizens’ rights after the UK’s exit from the European Union.
Nicholas Teller (British Honorary Consul in Hamburg) and Rachel King (Economic Counsellor and Head of EU & Economic Section at the British Embassy Berlin) are pleased to invite you to our next open evening for British citizens living in Hamburg.
Time: Tuesday 22 January 2019, 18.00 – 22:00
Place: The Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket, Zeughausmarkt 22, 20459 Hamburg
After the opening speeches you will have plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
As attendance numbers are limited please only come if you are a British citizen in Hamburg and are directly affected by the topic of citizens’ rights after the UK’s exit from the EU. Attendance will be accepted on a first come first served basis. We reserve the right to limit numbers according to capacity.
The British Consulate-General Munich in collaboration with British in Germany will host another Open Evening for UK Nationals in Munich.
Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm. Place: The Auditorium at the St. Georges International school, Heidemannstr. 182, 80939 Munich.
HM Consul General Simon Kendall will give an update on the status of negotiations on citizens’ rights and what this means for you. Joining him will be David Hole from British in Germany e.V. Then there will be plenty of time to ask any questions you have.
The event is primarily aimed at British citizens living in and around Munich. Family members and friends are, of course, also welcome to attend.
Doors open at 5.30 pm. The event will run from 6pm to 8.30 pm.
The British Embassy, in cooperation with the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft Dresden e.V., will host an Open Evening for UK Nationals in Dresden.
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm. Place: The ‘Dachsaal’ of the Riesa Efau Kulturforum, Wachsbleichstraße 4a, 01067 Dresden
Deputy Head of Mission Robbie Bulloch will give an update on the status of negotiations on citizens’ rights and what this means for you. Joining him on the panel will be a representative from British in Germany e.V (tbc). Daniel Senf (Board member, Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft Dresden e.V.) will then chair a Q&A session, where you will have plenty of time to ask any questions you have concerning your rights after the UK exits the EU.
The event is primarily aimed at British citizens living in and around Dresden. Family members and friends are, of course, also welcome to attend.
Doors open at 5:30pm. The event will run from 6:00pm to 8.00pm.
As part of British in Germany’s first nationwide Stammtisch, UK nationals met in around 20 different locations (see below for list) on Wednesday, 12 December. While the date was chosen specifically to follow the meaningful vote in Parliament, a last-minute postponement brought about a shift in focus. Fortunately – or rather unfortunately – UK politics is the gift that keeps on giving and one vote was quickly replaced for another (a no confidence vote in Theresa May by the Conservatives). Certainly there was no shortage of news to talk about, but most of it was very unsettling!
Whether the groups consisted of five or thirty people, conversation flowed as easily as the local beer. Participants were keen to discuss the scenarios that could unfold in the coming weeks, though nobody was brave enough to place bets. Although two of the Bavarian Stammtische did envisage a last-minute intervention by the Queen!
In Frankfurt there was a shared feeling of resignation and concern that the plight of citizens was being swept under the carpet in what is perceived to be a game of political poker. A number of other groups expressed fears for peace and economic stability in Europe in the light of Brexit.
Aside from the uncertainties of deal or no deal, attention focused on practical issues and what UK nationals can do to safeguard their positions now. The no-deal checklist provided by British in Germany e.V. prompted some to set off the next day to exchange their UK driving licences for a German one and others to file their German citizenship application.
Questions were raised about UK bank accounts and securing favourable exchange rates, participants using the Stammtische to share their experiences with alternative mobile banking apps. In Ottobrunn, David Hole talked about the introduction of registration requirements for Brits in Germany post Brexit: “UK nationals will be required to register in some manner; the exact process and deadlines are yet to be announced.”
A Bavarian official, who was also invited along to Ottobrunn, concurred and assured us that this process would be kept as simple as possible. Issues relating to dual citizenship applications were also raised – and some wanted to know how to challenge negative decisions.
Towards the end of the evening the result of the confidence vote in Theresa May came through – one more twist in this ongoing saga. What´s the next going to be? On the whole, however, Brits in Germany overall appear to have faith in the German authorities to do the right thing by the UK nationals living here. But until the road ahead is clear, British in Germany e.V. will be monitoring further developments closely, to be discussed at the next round of Stammtisch gatherings in the New Year.
German TV and radio showed a keen interest in this nationwide Stammtisch initiative. The TV channel ZDF interviewed the group in Düsseldorf, and Fritzradio did a report on the group in Berlin.
British in Germany would like to thank all volunteers who played a pivotal role in making the first nationwide Stammtisch a resounding success. We encourage you to look out for more information on the next Stammtische near to you, for example in Bamberg, Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Eberstadt, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig, Magdeburg, Mainz, Miesbach, Munich, Ottobrunn, Nuremberg, Potsdam, Stuttgart, Trier.
Many thanks goes to the BiG Events team for organising the nationwide event: Amanda Diel, Ingrid Taylor and Connie Simms.
If you would like to set up a Stammtisch in your area or join in this next nationwide Stammtisch movement, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nationwide British in Germany Stammtische on 12th December!
After today´s dramatic “postponement” of the vote in Parliament – and the ECJ ruling – there´s even more to talk about at your British in Germany Stammtisch! So we are definitely going ahead with this initiative.
We hope you have good attendance and a lively discussion on Wednesday!
Let’s keep calm and carry on!
In these Brexit times of great unease and uncertainty, British in Germany e.V. wants to give Brits living across the whole country the chance to get together locally and let off a bit of steam. So British in in Germany ‘Stammtische’ are planned to all happen next Wednesday night 12th December (the day after the vote in Parliament).
The Stammtische will be a great chance for you to share personal experiences and concerns, to chew over some of the remaining unknowns that will definitely still exist and discuss the option of meeting together more regularly, formally or informally, with the support of our Verein British in Germany e.V. www.britishingermany.org
To find your nearest British in Germany Stammtisch, see the list below and encourage friends and family in the area to join! And you don’t have to be British – as many other nationalities stand to be impacted by Brexit too.
We look forward to hearing how it goes!
*Please note that the events in Heidelberg and Stuttgart are meetings that have been pre-arranged that you are also welcome to attend. For more information see event descriptions.
Is Brexit potentially out for the count? On Wednesday December 12th, the day after MPs vote on Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Bill, British nationals will be meeting in local ‘Stammtische’ across the whole of Germany.
This is a time of great unease and uncertainty for British citizens living across the whole of the EU and so next Wednesday night, we want to give Brits in Germany the chance to meet each other, share experiences and let off a bit of steam. “It will be a completely informal gathering in a local bar or cafe, potentially with the chance of further meetings in future, formally or informally, with the support of the Verein British in Germany e.V.”
NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP:
We are urgently looking for new or existing volunteers to help us hold as many ‘Stammtische’ in as many towns, cities and villages as we can get to next Wednesday night. If you can help at all in whatever capacity, as an organiser or just to attend, please do drop us a line at email@example.com, and we can put you in touch with other interested Brits near where you live.
Adam Takar, one of the British in Germany Interns, reports on the recent InfoAbend in Bremen.
Last Tuesday, the British Embassy held a citizens’ info event in the Bremen Chamber of Commerce with British in Germany e.V. and the Migrationsamt. The night kicked off with drinks and discussion, where Brits got to meet and get to know each other. Although Daniel and I arrived late thanks to a sudden train cancellation (so much for the famed German efficiency), Daniel Tetlow nevertheless made up for it with a well-received speech. The Embassy, though their hands are still tied, could not offer much in the way of any new information or reassurance beyond the same line they have been towing over the past few months; that they are unsure of what will happen in the event of a no deal, and that they can only provide guidance on what should be done as stated in the draft Withdrawal Agreement.
Fortunately, despite it being last minute, I was asked to speak too during BiG’s speech, making up for the fact I was not able to as part of the mass lobby on the 5th. I’d never done anything quite like this before, so was a little shaky getting up on the podium, and, though I was perhaps a little less well-versed in public-speaking than Daniel, it was a worthwhile experience to put a smile on some of the audience’s faces. A young voice has been largely missing from the Brexit debates and negotiations in Britain so far, and thus BiG offering Connie and me to actually speak in a public setting has been something we are both very grateful for.
Following the speeches, came the Q&A, which focused predominantly on issues of overseas housing, what Germany’s policies will be post-Brexit day (no more information here as of when I’m writing), healthcare, voter registration and pet passports, an issue surprisingly never asked about previously. Prisca Merz of the Embassy was extremely helpful as always giving citizens an update of the current situation, but, as we can expect, not many concrete answers could really be given at the time, e.g. that economically inactive Britons in the EU will be able to claim healthcare costs from the NHS if there is a deal, and that pet passports may have new requirements in the event of a no deal etc. In short, answers tended to be more conditional than definite.
British in Germany has, as a result of the event, managed to raise €135 from donations, which, as always, we are extremely appreciative of. We got to know several more Brits in Germany, and we’d invite anyone who hasn’t, to either become a member, or send us a donation. In this especially turbulent political climate, all the support you can give is much appreciated to ensure that we can continue preserving British citizens’ rights here in Germany. We have even featured in local news as a result of the event:
Finally, for any Brits in and around Bremen, we would love to invite you to our first Stammtisch event! This will be a more relaxed evening where you can meet fellow Brits and discuss the latest developments re: Brexit. We look forward to seeing you at Loft (Bahnhofspl. 5, Bremen – above Paddy’s) from 19:30 on Wednesday 28th November.
If there are any remaining questions that could have been asked, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to try and help you.