Dear fellow EU citizen,
We have launched a Christmas appeal to fundraise for our legal team. This team is currently only manned by volunteers but we need to establish the team securely, so the rule of law is respected for the rights of EU citizens in 2020 and beyond. https://www.the3million.org.uk/christmas-appeal
We are four days away from the General Elections, and it's fair to say no one knows what will be the outcome of the vote.
The latest speech by Boris Johnson is sadly anti-EU citizens (see above), promoting the idea the 5 million EU citizens and their families are second class citizens. To all candidates in the General Election, we say this is our home and you must work towards social cohesion and unity. It really doesn't matter where you were born, it's who you are and what you do that count.
For the most authoritative analysis of the state of play from the perspective of an EU citizen, please read Maike Bohn's article for CLASS at http://classonline.org.uk/blog/item/uncertainty-and-dog-whistle-politics-the-future-of-eu-and-other-migrants-in
Today is a good time to remind candidates that they will represent everyone if they are elected, including those who cannot vote, such as EU citizens.
This is why we ask you to make one last effort before the election day on Thursday: please do ask your candidates to sign our pledge to automatically guarantee EU citizens' rights.
We can have more impact in Westminster if we have a big number of future MPs signing our pledge. We must reach out to candidates from all parties, even if you would never vote for that party or that candidate.
How can I help?
Find your local candidates with http://whocanivotefor.co.uk and send a tweet to the candidates:
"As a candidate in my constituency, please pledge to give all @the3million EU citizens and family members automatic guarantee of their rights: https://www.the3million.org.uk/pledge #GE2019"
We will tweet and retweet all the pledges we receive.
Like Nicolas in Bristol (see below in the Tweets section), you can go to a local hustings and publicly ask them to take a photo with it, or you can contact them via email or Twitter. We are a grassroots organisation, and we can win only if all of us make a little effort and help to have our pledge signed by as many candidates as possible.
Let's act now and let's ask all our local MP candidates to sign our #GE2019 pledge:
We have also just relaunched the #LetUsVote campaign together with Another Europe is Possible and British in Europe. We want full voting rights in general elections for EU citizens and all UK residents, and what we have seen in the manifestos of the parties is an encouraging sign.
Visit the website http://www.letusvote.org.uk, sign our petition and contact your local candidates as specified on the page.
The presence of extending the voting rights franchise to migrants in the Labour manifesto is the result of the work of this joint campaign, which is dear to us as the other campaigns we are on.
Dimitri Scarlato, voting rights campaigner for the3million
In the news
Last week, the3million was one of the signatories asking for electoral reform to be a top priority for the new Government. Read the letter below to understand why Brits, EU citizens and residents from all over the world are united around a fairer electoral system:
An overhaul of Westminster politics is long overdue #DemocracyDay
source: The Guardian
Uncertainty & Dog-Whistle Politics: The Future Of EU Citizens
source: The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS)
All migrants deserve support – not just the ‘good’ ones
source: The Guardian
Over two million EU citizens and their families have applied for Settled Status but it is not as straight forward as it seems and we recommend you seek help and ask questions before applying.
Our page Applying for Settled Status is good summary of the process, including what documents you will need to successfully apply:
The website from our sister charity Settled, which specialises in outreaching to EU citizens at risk, is also very helpful, as Settled Status is explained in a simple manner. They currently have information in 7 languages and growing.
Here for Good is a charity set up specifically to help you in applying for Settled Status.
You can conveniently call them if you have a questions or seeking free immigration legal advice:
Mondays, 0930 - 1130
Wednesdays, 1130 - 1330
Fridays, 1330 - 1530
☎️ 020 7014 2155 (standard phone charges apply)
The helpline is run with Bindmans LLP
We also recommend the London Mayor information hub for EU citizens, which is available in 23 different languages:
Our friends at UKCEN have developed a public forum to help with a Settled Status and British citizenship applications: https://www.forum.ukcen.com
We have also partnered with the European Commission in the UK and Here for Good to provide simple information about your rights as an EU citizen living in the UK. Click on the link below to find out more:
Settled Status information sessions:
Check this website to find out about information events about settled status near you: http://www.eurights.uk/events