Brits in Europe is a group of British citizens living in Germany actively seeking to ensure that the rights of UK citizens in the EU and EU citizens in the UK are fairly and equally represented in the discussions and negotiations post the EU referendum vote.
In addition to a general goal of lobbying to ensure that proper democratic process is followed post the vote, and that Parliament is involved throughout, our group:
1. supports the UK’s continuing access to the EU single market to secure the jobs and livelihoods of working people, whether in the UK or UK citizens in the EU;
2. seeks the guarantee of existing rights of UK citizens in the EU and EU citizens in the UK to live, work, and own property in the EU and the UK, including rights to healthcare, welfare and other social security rights;
3. seeks government representation of the interests of UK nationals abroad and EU nationals in the UK.
Specific concerns of our members as regards the rights of UK citizens in other EU countries include (some of these issues will equally be applicable to EU citizens in the UK, especially point i)):
i) Residency rights, as well as the right to work, and right of establishment, whether as an employee or self-employed person, for UK nationals currently resident and working in other EU countries. Linked to this, the current system of mutual recognition of professional qualifications should be guaranteed post any Brexit.
ii) Health cover for UK pensioners and whether this will still be covered by the local health authorities back-charging the NHS, including health costs for elderly parents joining their children living in the EU (note that, outside the EU, e.g. in Australia, this can raise significant difficulties for families).
iii) Pension rights for UK pensioners and the guarantee that such pensioners will continue to receive annual increases and fuel allowances post any Brexit.
iv) The rights of children of UK citizens living in other EU countries, e.g. to live, study, work and vote in the UK.
v) Residency rights for non-EU spouses of UK nationals resident in other EU countries.
Supported by ECREU (Expat Citizens Rights in the EU)
New support group Expat Citizen Rights in EU or ECREU, is one of the few groups with signed up members rather than being just a Facebook group with ‘friends’ and ‘followers’. ECREU is also the only group to provide MPs with a full analysis of its expat members concerns and thoughts over Brexit and available through a secure link on its web site, www.ecreu.com As of the time of writing, ECREU has 3,951 members from 23 EU countries, growing at about 200 a week.