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.

viernes, 11 de octubre de 2019

11/10/19: LETTER FROM BIE GROUPS IN SPAIN TO THE UK AMBASSADOR COMPLAING ABOUT 'DEPORTATION' COMMENTS

Brandon Lewis  Photo: Sky News

This morning we have written to HMA in Madrid, Hugh Elliott, complaining about the callous comments of Brandon Lewis related to the deportation of EU citizens which have been widely reported in the international press. Apart from the terrible effect on hundreds of thousands of anxious EU citizens in the UK, such declarations have a direct and negative impact on the situation of the 1.3 million Britons in the EU. Our precarious situation in the event of a no-deal Brexit is totally dependent on reciprocity from the UK in terms of treatment of citizens.

This is not the first time that government ministers have aggravated our position. A few weeks ago, Home Office Priti Patel announced the immediate end of freedom of movement on 31 October. A few days ago, health minister Matt Hancock said that S1 healthcare coverage for UKinEU would only be extended for a further six months. In Spain, this was later clarified (see NHS website). 

Ministers currently seem to be addressing an audience of hardline Brexiters in a pre-election campaign, which merely stokes the growing distrust towards Britain amongst EU-27 governments. Maybe they are unaware of the repercussions of their words on their beleaguered compatriots in the European Union. Or perhaps they just don't care since most of us have been disenfranchised.  

Letter to the ambassador: