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Joint statement from #BritishInEurope and #the3million regarding the #Brexit withdrawal agreement and citizens’ rights

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Medborgarrättsgrupperna the3million och britterna i Europa har reagerat med ilska och besvikelse efter att brexitförhandlarna misslyckades med att infria sitt löfte att komma överens om ett avtal som skulle tillåta människor att fortsätta leva sina liv på exakt samma sätt som före Brexit.

Trots goda framsteg i förhandlingarnas tidiga skede avstannade samtalen när fokus flyttades till den irländska gränsen, med avgörande frågor som rörelsefrihet för brittiska medborgare i Europa och livslång rätt att återvända förblev olösta i avtalet som presenterades av Theresa May igår kväll (14 november).

Viktiga problem som inte har uppfyllts:

– British in Europe – losing free movement, which our members rely on for work and family.
– 3.6 million EU citizens living in the UK have to pay to apply to stay in their home, will undergo systematic criminality checks and can lose the new status if family or work obligations mean they have to leave the country for five years.

Ordförande för the3million Nicolas Hatton sa: "the3million känner sig förrådd av brexitförhandlarna. Trots tidiga framsteg i förhandlingarna står nu över tre miljoner EU-medborgare i Storbritannien, inklusive 700,000 XNUMX EU-barn, inför ett livslångt limbo enligt utträdesavtalet.

“We are still bargaining chips, as the negotiators will soon discuss the future relationship, with our lives still in the balance. As a reminder, the Withdrawal Agreement does not protect our existing rights, and shamefully creates more insecurity by allowing the Home Office to pick and choose the EU citizens they want to keep.”

Jane Golding, co-chair of British in Europe said:  “We were told in March that citizens’ rights were a done deal and that discussions on this would not be re-opened. However it is clear from the text that some changes have in fact been made, meaning that it is unacceptable and upsetting that free movement – a lifeline for many of us – has been excluded when both sides knew it was critical for us.

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“Brexit Secretaries come and Brexit Secretaries go. But unlike  Dominic Raab our members don’t have the luxury of walking away from this mess.  His resignation only adds to the uncertainty that millions of people have been experiencing for two years. It is now up to the European Parliament, not only to walk the talk on its red lines – free movement in our case – but to put pressure on all sides to ringfence the agreement on citizens’ rights so that 4.6mn people can sleep at night now whatever happens on Brexit.”

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