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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com and we will do our best to try and help you.
The British Consulate Munich and the Deutsch Britische Gesellschaft Rhein-Neckar e.V. will host an Open Evening for UK Nationals in Heidelberg on Thursday 13 December at 6pm at the Heidelberg Stadtbuecherei.
British 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 Nicola Hayton (President of the DBG Rhein-Neckar e.V) and David Hole (British in Germany). Following the opening remarks, are speakers are primarily here to answer your questions about your rights post-Brexit. The event is primarily aimed at British nationals living in and around Heidelberg. Family members and friends are of course welcome to attend.
Doors open at 5.30 pm. The event will run from 6pm to 8.30 pm. We look forward to welcoming you then.
This event can also be found in our Events Calendar.
Image – By Christian Bienia. – Farbkorrektur von de:Bild:Heidelberg.jpg by Godewind 18:13, 1 January 2006 (UTC), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=489975
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.
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? ….)
After a successful first event in Bremen with the British Embassy, 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.
Remember, remember the fifth of November ….. Monday is the day for our lobby of Parliament, preceded by delivery of a letter to Theresa May. The letter will be published on the Facebook group and on Twitter shortly after 12 noon (11am UK time) once it has been delivered to Downing Street. This is an opportunity to convince MPs of the importance of protecting our rights, and to explain to them why and how. We are also aiming for media publicity, in Germany as well as in the UK.
How can you help?
1. If not already done, join the E-Lobby. It’s as simple as emailing a letter to, or tweeting, your MP or former MP. More instructions, including how to register so that we know how many have joined, are here: https://britishineurope.org/e-lobby/
Do let us know if your MP replies to you and also forward their response to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Ask your friends and family to join the E-Lobby.
3. Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or simple email to spread the message far and wide. If you are on Twitter, please make sure you are following and retweeting britsingermany, britishineurope, the3million and LastMileLobby18. Please do share the letter to Theresa May with your own Facebook contacts and retweet after 12 noon (11am UK time).
4. Perhaps you can use this as an opportunity to contact the local press in your own area. There will be information and pictures available on Twitter and Facebook by Monday afternoon, and perhaps your local journalists would be interested in your local perspective. Daniel (email@example.com) and Ingrid (Ingrid.Taylor@britishingermany.org) will be acting as British in Germany media contacts during the day, so can also be contacted if you need help on this.
British in Germany representative Jane Golding together with the British Embassy are holding an InfoAbend in Berlin.
Location: Britische Botschaft Berlin
Wilhelmstraße 70/71, 10117 Berlin
Time: 19:30 – 21:00
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 post-Brexit.
Please join us on 18th December the British Embassy Berlin with Ambassador Sebastian Wood and the British in Germany representative Jane Golding who will give an update on the status of negotiations and what this means for you.
The event is primarily aimed at British citizens living in and around Berlin. Family members and friends are of course also welcome to attend. Doors open 19:00. Please make sure you bring a photographic ID. Registration via Eventbrite.