Dear fellow EU citizen,
I will be marching in London in a week, as part of the People's Vote march.
In 2016, I couldn't vote, despite having lived in England, built a family and paid taxes since 1995.
Together with British in Europe, Final Say for All and EU Citizens' Champions, we demand a vote for EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU, if there is a second referendum.
Together, we are 5 million people and I am 'one of the five million'
Meet us next Saturday at 11AM at Speakers' Corner (Tube: Marble Arch - see this map for details) for a pre-march rally. More details and registration at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-five-million-tickets-50451660274
See you there if feel we deserve a vote, because we are the people too!
As you probably know, the3million, British in Europe and the In Limbo team went to Brussels to lobby, inform and educate. Please check our report from our series of meetings with the European Commission, the Council of Europe, Permanent Representatives of member states and last, but not least, Members of the European Parliaments (MEPs) below.
Nicolas Hatton is a founder member of the3million, the EU Citizens' group
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"What an extraordinary week" - Costanza de Toma tells the tale, when citizens of Europe went to Brussels to meet EU officials and MEPs to give them the human story of Brexit
The 'last mile citizens' lobby'; never has a phrase been so accurate and meant so much.
Our lobby visit to Brussels this week was perfectly timed to witness a potential deal in the making while briefing key decision makers at crunch time.
As always, we met with an impressive number of people from the EU parliament, the Commission and the Council, like a well organised 'citizens' guerrilla', expertly and nimbly navigating the corridors of power in Brussels.
Credit goes to all those who could make it this time including Maria Llorente, Silvia Gonzalez, Francisca Oxley, Monique Hawkins, Anne-Laure Donskoy, Ilse Mogensen, Maike Bohn, Dimitri Scarlato, Stijn Smismams and Luke Piper.
Unlike the gloom we sensed the last time we were in Brussels before the summer, this time the excitement about an imminent breakthrough in the talks was palpable.
However, so were the doubts about whether a fledgling deal born in Brussels could survive the onslaught in Westminster and what the wider political repercussions of that would be. Leaving the wider political games aside, however, we made good progress on citizens' rights.
We were seeking reassurances from the Parliament and the Council that what had been agreed on citizens' rights under Article 50 would stand in case of no deal. We got that. There was widespread agreement that citizens' rights would be prioritised and safeguarded even if there is no deal.
But we must continue working with the MEPs to ensure that this is done swiftly and in the most effective way. We continued to raise awareness of the shortcomings in the Withdrawal Agreement as well as in the UK's settled status scheme.
Those who we met with listened attentively to what we had to say and assured us that they will continue to push on our behalf over the coming weeks, regardless of whether a deal is agreed or not.
So, we have a long list of actions from our visit and, depending on what happens over the next days and, crucially, at the EU Council meeting next week, we will adjust our strategy for securing citizens' rights in all eventualities.
Finally, it was great to be joined by the In Limbo project this time for a poignant event at the European Parliament last night which brought us all together and sent a powerful message to the MEPs. Our work is not done yet. Fasten your seat belts and stay with us as the ride could get rough!"
At the same time, Molly Scott-Cato MEP and Seb Dance MEP had invited Elena Remigi and the wonderful In Limbo team to present the testimonies of EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU in the European Parliament. Emotions ran high, as the stories of regular citizens showed the human cost of Brexit, with broken dreams and personal anxiety about the future.
Elena Remigi said:
"I believed that the UK was my home but the hostility and red tape..., the utter lack of compassion and respect made me realise that I don't really belong here.
Please remember we are not a statistic, we are not bargaining chips...please don't let the European dream that we all believe in die."
You can purchase the In Limbo books at https://www.ourbrexitblog.org/in-limbo-book/
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Public events about EU citizens and their rights post Brexit
if you are on Facebook, you can watch the recording of the Liverpool information session at https://www.facebook.com/the3million/videos/842297296160603/
Please check the Law Centre listing for an event near you:
Other events organised by various organisations:
24 October 2018 - EU Citizens' Rights Info Session
Bradford - Tickets
This event is organised by the3million
29 October 2018 - EU Citizens’ Rights and Brexit
London (W3 Ealing) - Information
If you know about an information event about EU citizens and their rights post Brexit, please reply to this newsletter to let us know and we'll add it to the list.