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‘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

 

Did Chancellor Merkel really block PM May’s proposal on EU citizens?

The independent website is carrying a story that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has blocked Theresa May’s proposal to guarantee EU citizens rights before Brexit negotiations begin in earnest next year. The story originally appeared on the Politico website and was apparently discussed during the two leaders meeting at the recent NATO summit.

It’s not entirely surprising, as Merkel has made it clear that there should be no negotiations before the UK finally declares its hand and submits its request to leave the European Union according to Article 50. The German government is frustrated that the UK has not clarified its thoughts on how it sees the future relationship with its major trading partners on the continent. Merkel rejected the proposal to cement “acquired rights” at this early stage – she’s probably worried that part of the UK’s negotiating tactics is to make as many side deals as possible in advance of the formal discussion.

Of course, for both UK citizens in other European countries and for EU citizens in the UK, it’s unsatisfactory. It would be have been useful to resolve their status at this early stage. It would remove, however, one negotiation card in the current Great Game being played out between London and Brussels.