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BiG in The Guardian: Brexit means… more Brits taking up German citizenship

As The Guardian reports:

A record number of Britons took up German citizenship in 2017, according to authorities who cited Brexit as the “obvious” reason for the leap in numbers.

The German press has dubbed them neue Deutschbriten, or ‘new German Britons.’

Ingrid Taylor, founding member of the Bavarian branch of British in Germany, is quoted:

It finally made me feel safe from the shenanigans of the negotiating process. It means, quite simply, I can continue working and living here as a citizen of the EU, enjoying the advantages that come with that and the uncertainty has gone.

People are gradually getting more and more nervous realising that they could be very disadvantaged in their careers and way of life without an EU passport. Even many of those who have said: ‘it’ll be alright’ have stopped putting their faith in the politicians. Our advice is: don’t wait, do it as soon as you can.

You can read the whole article here.

Was es heißt, ein EU-Bürger zu sein

Der Brexit beschneidet nicht nur die Rechte von Britinnen und Briten

Daniel Tetlow, co-founder of British in Germany writes in the May/June edition of IP about the meaning of being an EU Citizen. Article in German.

IP has been kind enough to allow us to provide you access. Please  click on the image below to download the PDF.

 

(c) Home Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V.

‘No Deal’ of Theresa May’s interview on LBC

Extract of Theresa May’s interview on LBC, on Tuesday 10 October – “No Deal”

Alison Jones was lined up to ask the following question of Theresa May live on this radio phone-in:
“What would ‘no deal’ mean for myself and the other 1.2 million UK citizens currently living in the EU27?”
In the end the presenter asked the question instead, but it elicited a response from Ms May that hit the headlines the following day: 
“We don’t know what would happen to them, the EU member states would have to consider what their approach would be to those UK citizens …”

British in Germany meet German Foreign Ministry

Meeting German Foreign Ministry
British in Europe representatives met with the German Foreign Ministry on Wednesday 7th June and had an open discussion and dialogue with promise of further dialogue.
The German Foreign Ministry, British in Europe and the3million have tweeted below:

Süddeutsche Zeitung report on Munich Group

In a report published on 1 June 2017, the Süddeutsche Zeitung talks to Ingrid Taylor, one of the organisers of the Munich British in Germany Brexit meet-ups, about the negotiating stance being taken by the Westminster Government, and the uncertainties facing her and over 100,000 other Brits living and working in Germany.

Like many Brits living in Europe, Ingrid Taylor was not allowed to vote in the Brexit Referendum nor can she do so in the upcoming UK general elections, because of a ruling not allowing those who have lived outside the UK for more than 15 years to vote. The threat to the rights of Brits living in Germany and across Europe impacts on a wide variety of areas including work and residence (e.g. the ability of companies to send their British employees to work on projects elsewhere in the EU27), healthcare (e.g. continuation of payments for elderly parents in care in Germany), pensions (uprating of payments from UK) etc. The regular meet-ups in Munich are a kind of self-help group for sharing information and seeking advice.

Some 18,000 Brits live in Bavaria, 6,500 of them in Munich alone. Further events in Bavaria are planned for the coming weeks.

Click below to see a PDF of the article (takes a few moments to load)

SZ Article 1 June

British in Europe coalition and 3 million group to meet Michel Barnier on 28 March

5 representatives of the citizen organisations British in Europe and the 3million group have been invited on 28 March by chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier for informal discussions before Article 50 is triggered by the British Government.

Nicolas Hatton, founder of the3million, said:

This raises the possibility of an early deal to secure our rights, which makes me really hopeful about the future.”

Jane Golding from British in Europe, the coalition of 12 citizens groups in the EU, said:

We are pleased he wishes to engage with us, and will be asking him to seek a rapid solution based on maintaining the existing rights of 4 million people – including the 3 million EU citizens now resident in the UK – currently trapped in Brexit limbo.”

The meeting will take place in Brussels on 28th March and updates from the meeting will follow..

Press coverage:

The Guardian Newspaper 17th March 2017