Dear fellow EU citizen,
Firstly, a happy International Women's Day to you all. Since the referendum, the balance towards the female gender in the Forum of EU citizens, and the3million, has shown that women can be more attuned than men to social issues, and we should all agree we can have differences based on our gender, but discrimination or inequalities are simply not acceptable in 2019. On that subject, please read this article about Settled Status, and its discriminatory nature against women (source: The Independent)
We are three weeks away from Brexit, yet we do not know the outcome of the negotiations.
Last week, the British Parliament unanimously voted to make the current agreement on #citizensrights with the EU the main Article 50 agreement, in case of no-deal on everything else. This is thanks to our work with Alberto Costa MP and his now famous amendment. Merci Monsieur Costa :-)
Unanimity in Parliament is rare and cannot be ignored.
As a result, Theresa May wrote to Michel Barnier this week, copying all EU institutions, asking for the ring-fencing our rights.
As it stands, Michel Barnier and the European Commission cannot answer positively to the request, because they have been mandated by the European Council (made of the heads of state of EU member states) that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,
The only way to make it possible is for the 27 EU heads of state to change the mandate when they meet at the next European Council meeting on 21-22 March, and allow the Commission to agree to ring-fence our rights, in case nothing else is agreed.
This is something Alberto Costa has promoted this week, in his letter to Donald Tusk and all heads of state:
The letter by Alberto Costa MP - source: Twitter
Now, it's all about you, and the other five million EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU, so I am asking you to join the ultimate lobby:
Please ask your Prime Minister or President to support the ring-fencing of our rights following the Costa amendment on Twitter.
Please use this text as a reference, when you translate into your mother tongue:
Dear [NAME OF HEAD OF STATE], I am [INSERT YOUR NATIONALITY] living in the UK. I need my #citizensrights secured for life by an international treaty under Article 50 even in case of no deal. At the next @EUCoucil, please instruct the @EU_Commission to make this happen. If not now it will be too late
My tweet to the French President Emmanuel Macron:
You can attach the picture at the top of this email (kindly donated to the3million by the Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler) to the tweet.
You are not on Twitter, you can still write to your head of State, but you will need to google their contact details I'm afraid.
Together we can shift the EU!
Finally, I have a favour to ask you. Last year, I met Yvan Castellano, a documentary maker from Spain who was working on a new film about Brexit and the 5 million citizens who are in the eye of the storm. He is half-way through the filming and needs your financial support to continue. If you can afford it, please donate here.
PS: I've copied below the latest email from the Home Office regarding refunds, scanning centres and other useful information about Settled Status
Nicolas Hatton, founder member of the3million, the EU citizens' campaign group
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Tweets of the week
In the news
source for both articles: Business Insider
source: Birmingham Mail
From the Home Office
This is a copy of the email the Home Office sent today about Settled Status:
This is the latest information on the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens living in the UK. You are receiving this because you have requested email updates from the UK government.
Three weeks until go live
The full opening of the EU Settlement Scheme will go ahead on 30 March 2019. Applications will be free, as announced by the Prime Minister on 21 January 2019.
People who have paid an application fee during the test phases will receive a refund after 30 March 2019.
If you are due a refund you do not need to do anything. We will automatically refund the fee to the card that was used to pay it. An email will be sent to the contact address provided in the application, confirming when the refund has been processed.
150,000 applications so far
Ahead of the full opening of the Scheme, we have been testing the application process and making some final changes. By the end of February 2019, the Home Office had received more than 150,000 applications during the test phases. In the latest public test phase, 75% of applicants whose case had been decided received their decision within three days and 80% of those who provided feedback found the online application easy to complete.
To apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, applicants will only need to prove their identity, demonstrate their UK residence, and declare any criminal convictions. Regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, EU citizens will have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply.
Different ways to apply
EU citizens applying to the Scheme from 30 March 2019, will be able to send their passport or other identity documents by post if they do not wish to or cannot use the EU Exit ID Document Check App.
Face to face help is available at identity scanner locations where applicants can be helped to use the app, and via an Assisted Digital network for people who would like more support.
From 9 April 2019, EU citizens and certain family members will be able to apply to the Scheme from outside the UK, free of charge and based on their previous residence in the UK, without needing to travel here to make an online application.
Resident citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and their family members will also be able to apply to the Scheme.
We will continue to keep you updated on the latest developments concerning the Scheme included detailed information on how to apply once the Scheme is fully live.
More information is available here.
Events near you
Check this website to find out about information events about settled status near you: http://www.eurights.uk/events
We have 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: