Join us for a talk from Stuttgart-based commercial lawyer John Hammond (CMS) on the legal perspective on the current Brexit situation, followed by a Q&A.
John Hammond specialises in international M&A transactions and joint ventures. He advises major German and international companies on cross-border deals as well as on dispute resolution. He has long-standing experience advising on international projects, in particular in the UK, Russia and CEE countries.
Location: academie der schönsten künste, 70182 Stuttgart-Mitte Date and time: Thursday, 31 January 2019. 19:00-22:00
British in Germany believes that all those who moved to the EU prior to the UK exiting the EU should not be negatively and retrospectively affected by the exit of the UK from the EU. UK citizens travelled over many decades to live and work across Europe, with the expectation that our citizens rights were for life and were irrevocable. Stuttgart is the sixth largest city in Germany with a significant and highly integrated population of British nationals. As a chapter of British in Germany, British in Stuttgart aims to provide a network of information and support for British nationals and their families during the negotiations in Europe and in the period thereafter. British in Germany is a coalition member of British in Europe, the largest citizens’ rights organisation in Europe. They are in direct consultation with both sides of the Brexit negotiating
table. By working together, we will not be ignored.
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Since this report was first published an interview with several attendees has appeared on German TV and can be seen with english subtitles on YouTube:
And Deutsche Welle also produced a report on the effect of Brexit on British Nationals in Hamburg.
The original report follows:
On the evening of 22 January 2019, the British Embassy, along with the British Honorary Consul for Hamburg, Nicholas Teller, hosted an information evening for British citizens in Hamburg. The event was held at the Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket, thanks to Revd Canon Dr Leslie Nathaniel and was very well attended with 220 people filling all available seats.
On the panel were Nicholas Teller, Rachel King and Prisca Merz from the British Embassy in Berlin, Ellie Sellwood representative from British in Germany, Beate Wolk from the Einwohner Zentralamt Hamburg and Christiane Lex-Asuagbor, Head of the Rechtsabteilung.
The event kicked off with a welcoming speech from Revd Canon Dr Leslie Nathaniel and Nicholas Teller. Then there were individual speeches on the topic of Brexit and what Brits can do to prepare from Rachel King, Ellie Sellwood and Christiane Lex-Asuagbor.
Rachel King outlined the British government’s hopes for Brexit, and outlined the Withdrawal agreement, which would give British Citizens in Germany a transition period within which to get everything in order. During the transition period, from 29 March 2019 until 31 December 2020, British Citizens can be expected to be treated as EU nationals, with the same rights to live and work in Germany and move freely around Europe. Of course, she stressed that the government does not want or expect a no-deal situation. But in this case, Ms King assured all British Citizens present that there are plans in place to mitigate the effects of this, i.e. the 3-month transition period offered by German authorities which will allow British residents to apply for permanent residence or a passport and stay in the country whilst a decision is made.
Ellie Sellwood introduced the campaign group British in Germany and stressed that British Citizens across Germany have been living in limbo since June 2016. She also outlined the deal and no-deal scenarios and what both will mean for British Citizens in Hamburg and ended by outlining British in Germany’s ‘No-Deal Checklist.’
Christiane Lex-Asuagbor stressed that there wasn’t much that she could add given the complexity of the situation, but stated that after the UK’s departure from the EU, British Citizens will need a residence permit of some kind to be able to continue living and working here in Germany. She outlined the different types of residence permit and the requirements for each.
The evening then concluded with a 90 minute Q&A session led by Nicholas Teller in which concerned British Citizens could direct their questions to the representatives from the British Embassy and Hamburg authorities.
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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.