viernes, 13 de diciembre de 2019

EUROCITIZENS STATEMENT ON THE RESULTS OF THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTION

 
Information: BBC

After last night's Tory landslide victory, the default scenario is now a Deal in January. The Withdrawal Agreement will have to go through Parliament and there will be scrutiny, especially on the Northern Ireland clauses, but Johnson's big majority should make it relatively easy. So by 31/01/20 we should be out.

Looking on the bright side, which it is not easy to do for most of us, this means that UKinEU and EUinUK will at least have the protection of an international treaty, which was not the case with No Deal. See below a table with our analysis of what we will lose and keep in a deal - and what is still not clear.

What are we going to do next? Next week, EuroCitizens will be asking for meetings with the UK Embassy and the Spanish government in order to clarify what will happen in seven weeks time and how we will be dealt with in a Deal. We presume (and hope) that the Spanish administration will use all the work they have done on Brexit contingency plans (Royal Decree 5/2019) for a straightforward declaratory registration system with a generous 'grace period'.

It is a very difficult day for the 360,000 Britons in Spain, most of whom were disenfranchised in yesterday's elections and whose loss of EU citizenship (and the rights that it entails) is virtually inevitable unless they can get Spanish nationality. The only silver lining is that Deal is a lot better than No Deal. Even if the UK fails next year to agree on a future trade agreement with the EU, our basic rights in Spain will be guaranteed.
 


viernes, 1 de noviembre de 2019

HOW TO INFLUENCE THE UK GENERAL ELECTION - EVEN IF YOU CAN'T VOTE


The UK general election on 12 December is vital for the future of 1.5 million Britons in the EU and their non-EU families.

In all Brexit scenarios, even with a Deal, we lose important rights. Our only chance of keeping EU citizenship, and the rights it gives us like freedom of movement within the EU, is to elect parties that expressly support Remain or the holding of a Second Referendum. Pro-Brexit parties will take the UK out of the EU as quickly as possible, with the risk of No Deal at different stages of the process.

Many of us cannot vote because of the unfair fifteen-year rule which we have campaigned vigorously against. However, we estimate that around 40% of Britons in the EU can still do so. Your vote could be of enormous import on December 12, especially if you are registered in a marginal constituency - and with a five-party race there are many more of these than in a typical general election.

Those of us who cannot vote can also help out by convincing fellow Britons in the EU to register and vote. When doing this, emphasise the huge loss of rights that they and their children will face in all Brexit scenarios. Of course, you can also try to persuade friends and family back in the UK by stressing the impact Brexit will have on you personally (and perhaps on them too if they are your parents who might need care in the future). And remember that, if you have a child studying at a UK university,
they can register if they have a National Insurance number.



You can get a lot more information at:
 
https://registertovote.britishineurope.org/

jueves, 31 de octubre de 2019

NATIONALITY APPLICATIONS: WHAT YOU NEED TO DO ONCE YOU RECEIVE THE NOTIFICATION THAT YOU HAVE BEEN GRANTED SPANISH NATIONALITY


See below some guidance about what to do if you are lucky enough to receive a notification saying that you have been granted Spanish citizenship. Our thanks to the EuroCitizens nationality group for putting this together. Remember that we do not give legal advice; we try to share accurate information about administrative procedures affecting Britons in Spain. If you have any experiences which contradict anything written here, please write to us at eurocitizens2016@gmail.com.
 

30/10/19: BiE GROUPS MEET HMA HUGH ELLIOT TO DISCUSS THE CITIZENS' RIGHTS OF BRITONS IN SPAIN


On Wednesday 30 October representatives of EuroCitizens plus Brexpats Hear Our Voice and ECREU (both by phone) had another useful meeting with Hugh Elliot and his team. We discussed Deal and No Deal scenarios and had an effective exchange of information and views. The most reassuring conclusion, for many of our members, is that contacts between HMG and the Spanish government are proceeding well on key issues relating to citizens rights. This is happening despite the political uncertainty in both countries and some alarming political ‘noise’.

miércoles, 23 de octubre de 2019

SUMMARY OF EUROCITIZENS ROUND TABLE ON POST-BREXIT SCENARIOS AND RIGHTS


Centro Gallego 17/10/19

On Thursday 17 October EuroCitizens organised a round table on citizens’ rights in the Centro Gallego in Madrid. Live streaming on Facebook enabled people from all over Spain to send in their queries and watch the session - so far nearly 2,000 have done so. The event achieved its main aim, to analyse the possible Brexit scenarios and to present the alternatives that we have to third-country-national status.

miércoles, 16 de octubre de 2019

17/10: DOCUMENTATION FOR EUROCITIZENS ROUND TABLE ON 3RD-COUNTRY-NATIONAL STATUS AND ALTERNATIVES


This evening we will be organising a round table on the Citizens' Rights of Britons in Spain after Brexit - Centro Gallego 19h. However, on Saturday various EuroCitizens will be in London marching for a People's Vote, because No Brexit is the best deal which  will allow us to keep our current status and rights.

Our objective for the session is to focus on the different Brexit scenarios: deal, no deal but coverage by Royal Decree 5/2019, no deal with no coverage. We will also be talking about the alternatives to Spanish third-country-national status which is the default new status after any kind of Brexit. These are principally EU long-term residence, EU family member and Spanish citizenship.

The session will be live-streamed on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/EuroCitizensSpain/
Even if you are not on Facebook yourself, you can access us by using the link or searching for EuroCitizens + facebook. You will hopefully be able to watch the session live in the video section of the page. If you like, you can send your comments to the speakers via EuroCitizens treasurer Ian Sullivan. You can direct these to all the panel or just one person on it.

See below some documentation which we think might be useful for the session. We have tried, in different ways, to map out the landscape for CRs after Brexit and outline alternatives.


martes, 15 de octubre de 2019

17/10: ROUND TABLE - BREXIT SCENARIOS FOR BRITONS IN SPAIN


 
The flowchart above gives you an idea about what will happen to us in different Brexit scenarios. This will help to inform our round table on Thursday (Centro Gallego, 19h).

As you will see, the best Brexit outcome (apart from no Brexit) is a deal, as it guarantees us the protection of an international treaty. After that comes No Deal but covered by the Spanish Royal Decree on Brexit contingency measures. The worst outcome is No Deal without reciprocity between the UK and Spain; we consider this very unlikely but it must be taken into account.