Letter to President Donald Tusk calls for unilateral #EUguarantees for 1.6 m UK citizens in Europe


Unfortunately Theresa May is never going to say yes to a reciprocal deal for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU
Unfortunately Theresa May is never going to say yes to a reciprocal deal for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU

Dear President Tusk,

There is a growing body of evidence to show people whose lives are caught up in the Brexit negotiations are suffering high levels of distress as a result of the uncertainty surrounding their future status.

So we would like to start by thanking you for all that the European Council is doing to safeguard the rights of 3.4m EU citizens in the UK and 1.6m UK citizens in the EU.

We recognize that you have made the issue of EU citizens' rights a priority.

We welcome your commitment to securing all the rights currently enjoyed by EU citizens living in the UK, and not just the right to remain.

We congratulate you on  insisting that no deal will be signed with the UK,  unless and until the rights of EU citizens in the UK have been fully secured.

We also believe that the EU can be bolder still.

Our #righttostay campaign in the United Kingdom has led to pledges by both the Labour and the Liberal Democrats to guarantee the rights of EU citizens unilaterally.

We now call on the EU to provide unilateral #EUguarantees for UK citizens living in the EU.

Such a step would demonstrate moral courage and leadership.

You would be recognizing that UK citizens in the EU are not the passive victims of British government policy.

You would be treating British people in Europe not as Expats but as EU citizens protected by the institutions of a European Union that upholds their human rights.

The rights of EU citizens in the UK will need to be defended by the EU institutions by all available means.

However, the lives of 1.6m UK citizens in the EU should not be a bargaining chip that the EU takes into the negotiations.

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Roger Casale, Founder and CEO, New Europeans

Nazek Ramadan, Migrant Voice

Dr. Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos,  Britain in Europe

James Simpson, Europats

Camillia Hillier-Fry, Eurocitizens

Christopher Chantrey, British Community Committee of France (British in France)

Debbie William, Brexpats Hear Our Voice

Nicholas Newman, Association for the Rights of Britons Abroad

 

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