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BiG Braunschweig group – meets for first time Thursday 20th

British in Braunschweig group meets for the first time on Thursday 20th February 

By Wendy Anne Kopisch (Organiser)  ** NOTE CHANGE OF DAY – 1 week later, same place, same time. 

What will we be talking about on Thursday 20th ?

That Brexit will probably not solve but rather exacerbate the very injustices it was supposed to solve?

That all the things for which Britain was respected the world over – not so much its former colonialism but rather its enduring politeness, grace in the event of setbacks, and diplomatic dexterity – have become hard to detect under the tirade of abuse from Farage & co?

That we made life decisions based on the assumption that the rights we had at birth would not suddenly be taken away from us by a vote in which many of us were not allowed to participate?

While all these thoughts have been with us a great deal over the past few weeks, months and years, and they are just as justified now as they were on that morning three and a half years ago, the focus on Thursday evening will be on looking as positively as possible to the immediate future.

Now that Brexit has happened, what next for Brits in Germany? What are the most important steps to take now? What do the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, currently in force until the end of the year, mean for us, and what happens after the end of 2020? We are fortunate and grateful that the German government has agreed generous and flexible conditions for Brits living here, and this will be the main topic on Thursday. Come and join us!

7 pm in the Rheinische Republik.

Looking forward to seeing you there!  Sign up here

Embassy Event in Paderborn

The British Embassy will be holding an information event for UK citizens in Paderborn on December 2nd. This will involve updates from the British Consul General and from the Paderborn Ausländerbehörde, followed by a Q&A session. Members from BiG will also be present.

The event is free but registration beforehand is required. See this site for more information and to register now.

Image: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-evening-for-uk-national-in-paderborn-tickets-82175512169?utm_term=eventurl_text

Embassy Facebook Live Q+A

The British Embassy will be holding another Facebook Live event, giving you a chance to get a direct answer to any Brexit-related questions you might have. The event will take place on the British Embassy Facebook page next Monday (21st of October) at 18:00-19:30. Any questions submitted during this time will receive an answer by Friday 25th at the latest.

BiG will also be monitoring the event. If you are unable to join at that time or would like to ask a question anonymously, you can submit it to us at info@britishingermany.org, and we will post it for you.

People’s Vote March, Saturday 19th Oct

British in Europe will be marching in London this Saturday alongside the3million at the People’s Vote March. If you’re going to be in London this weekend, please come along to the march and support us! Feel free to join our WhatsApp group created for the event to stay updated.

We will be meeting by the M&S outside of Green Park Tube Station at 12 noon (take the Piccadilly exit– the M&S is located on the corner of Stratton Street and Piccadilly).

BiG will also be taking part in solidarity events in Berlin and Hannover on Saturday. Have a look here to learn more about the march happening in Berlin, and here for the rally in Hannover, which is in partnership with Volt Germany.

Wherever you are, if you want to support us on Saturday via social media, remember to use the hashtags #CitizensRights and #the5Million alongside #LetUsBeHeard.

(image: https://www.peoples-vote.uk)

Upcoming information events

The British Embassy is organising information events in order to ensure that Brits living in Germany are kept in the loop with information regarding the UK’s preparations to leave the EU. These events will be an opportunity for UK nationals to pose questions regarding individual situations and a British in Germany e.V. representative has also been invited to speak at each event.

DATES AND LOCATIONS

  • Berlin, 30 September – register here
  • Düsseldorf, 1 October – register here
  • Frankfurt, 10 October – register here
  • Hamburg, 15 October – register here
  • Munich, 24 October – register here

Please bear in mind that interested participants will have to register in advance. Details to follow.

Also see the Embassy’s webpage.

Event: Stunt for Citizens’ Rights

the3million, British in Europe and Unison are organising a flashmob-style stunt in Trafalgar Square on 12 October. Participants will be gathering to form a broken-heart shape, then morphing into an EU flag, all wearing (bio-degradable) rain ponchos in yellow and blue so this can be seen from above. Once photos have been taken, you will have the opportunity to join other rallies taking place in the area.

Learn more about the event here.

You can find more info on the3million here, on British in Europe here and on Unison here.

N.B. British in Germany is not affiliated with this event.

Event: Der Brexit und Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Centre for Political Education is holding a presentation and discussion on the effects of Brexit in MV this Thursday evening (26th) in Schwerin. The event will be led by Prof. Jakob Rösel, an expert in the field of the history and politics of the EU.

Entry is free but online registration is required.

Learn more about the event here.

N.B. British in Germany is not affiliated with this event.

BiG meets Brexpats Hear Our Voice in Rotterdam

Report by Ellie Sellwood (British in Germany Hamburg)

On Saturday 14th September, I travelled to Rotterdam to take part in a meet-up organised by fellow citizens’ rights campaign group – Brexpats Hear Our Voice (BHOV). The event was held at the Het Niewe Instituut in central Rotterdam and along with members of BHOV, there were also present members from British in the Netherlands, Brexit and the Belgium Brits, Young European Voices, British in Romania and British in Italy.

The theme of the event was “together we are stronger” and the aim was to introduce our groups and share our insights from our respective countries with each other.

Debbie Williams opened the meeting. Debbie is the founder of BHOV, and a member of the British in Europe steering committee. Debbie welcomed everyone and talked about the importance of working together especially in the coming months with Brexit scheduled for the end of October.

Debbie then gave the floor to the visiting groups. First to speak was Molly Williams – Debbie’s daughter, and myself as founding member of the campaign group – Young European Voices. Young European Voices was set up to advocate for the rights of young Brits and Europeans with regards to Brexit and so Molly and I talked about the specific problems facing young people i.e. that young people haven’t been in home countries throughout the EU long enough to apply for citizenship and young parents may lose access to child benefits.

Then I spoke as the representative from British in Germany. I introduced the group and talked about our work both on the federal and local levels. I also talked about our close relationship with the British Embassy and our events and elaborated on our recent successes and challenges – with regards to contradictory advice and differential treatment being offered to Brits by local German federal authorities.

Sara Parkes introduced the British in the Netherlands group, which has had some notable success with the Dutch parliament in the past few months. Louise Ham Sheppard then introduced Brexit and the Belgian Brits (BaBBs) and touched on her group having similar challenges to BiG in Belgium with the country having a federal system and advice being contradictory depending on the local authorities. Neal Whatson then introduced British in Romania and Clarissa Killwick introduced British in Italy.

For the remainder of the day we discussed how to attract the attention of local and British media, the In Limbo books – 2 books full of testimonials from Europeans living in the UK and Brits living in the EU, which BHOV created with Elena Remigi. We discussed how to use these to draw more attention to our situation in Europe. If BiG members are interested then they can ask for some copies from Debbie.

Then there was a role-play and discussion about Brexit and mental health from Valerie – a mental health professional. And, finally the meeting rounded off with a discussion about where we all go from here. Given the different Brexit outcomes, no-deal, extension and, perhaps more hopefully, Article 50 being revoked, it’s important for us all to work out how best to support the members in our groups and where to focus our efforts with regards to campaigning.

All in all it was a very uplifting event that went a long way to show how much stronger we can be together. Thanks very much to the Brexpats Hear Our Voice team for their kind invitation!