Dutch citizens tip toe through the Brexit minefield


Tim de Wit, Dutch UK & Ireland correspondent, Moderator
Tim de Wit, Dutch UK & Ireland correspondent, Moderator

Siestke de Groot, Robert Booij, Hedwig Hegtermans, Prof.Emmy van Deurzen
Siestke de Groot, Robert Booij, Hedwig Hegtermans, Prof.Emmy van Deurzen

The Dutch Centre and Politiek Cafe, the City, London
The Dutch Centre and Politiek Cafe, the City, London

Emmy van Deurzen campaigning in London
Emmy van Deurzen campaigning in London

Available one line at www.neweuropeans.net/surviving-brexit
Available one line at www.neweuropeans.net/surviving-brexit

Tiptoe through the window  By the window, that is where I'll be  Come tiptoe through the tulips with me Oh, tiptoe from the garden  By the garden of the willow tree  And tiptoe through the tulips with me Knee deep in flowers we'll stray  We'll keep the sh
Tiptoe through the window By the window, that is where I'll be Come tiptoe through the tulips with me Oh, tiptoe from the garden By the garden of the willow tree And tiptoe through the tulips with me Knee deep in flowers we'll stray We'll keep the sh

The 1929 Broadway smash hit "Tip Toe Thru' The Tulips" is still a popular song and has an obvious Dutch resonance.

However, at the Dutch Centre and Politiek Cafe in the City of London on Wednesday, a packed audience of mainly Dutch residents of the UK were not discussing gardens.  They were learning how to tip toe through the minefield that is Britain's decision to leave the EU and what it means for them and their fellow EU27 citizens in the UK.

3.4 million EU citizens in the UK are still unclear and insecure about their future. This is impacting not only the lives of many Dutch people in the UK but also the prospects of many Dutch businesses.

Speaking about the psychological and emotional impact of the the UK's decision to leave the EU, Prof. Emmy van Deurzen, VIce-Chair of New Europeans said:

"There is a climate of hostility, people don't feel welcome in the UK anymore, and many are presenting with symptoms of anxiety and depression. The Home Office are preparing a fast track registration system but the problem is that nothing is certain, nor can it be until the final withdrawal agreement is signed. In the meantime, many people are already leaving."

 

The panel was chaired by Dutch correspondent in the UK & Ireland, Tim de Wit .

Panelists included:

 Mr Robbert Booij (UK Executive ABN AMRO),

Sietske de Groot (former Head of EU Affairs of Small Business) 

Hedwig Hegtermans (lobbyist of the pressure group the3M).

The meeting also discussed, Roger Casale's proposal for a Green Card For Europe and the need to have sensible arrangements in place soon  to deal not just with the situation of 5m people (3.4 m EU27 citizens sin the UK and 1.6 m Britons in Europe) but also with those who wish to move and work either in the UK or in the EU in the future.

The proposal has been featured in the Financial Times and was presented to a special Committee Hearing in the European Parliament on 1 February.

Speaking after the meeting, Emmy van Deurzen said:

"It was great to have the opportunity to share with some of my compatriots the deep unease that I and many people feel about the way that the issue of Britain's exit from the EU is being handled.

There is no excuse at all for the government having failed to give immediate, comprehensive and unilateral guarantees to all EU citizens in the UK as soon as the referendum result was known.

We are aware through the work that New Europeans does with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on EU citizenship rights and freedom of movement, that there is a large consensus in parliament which supports immediate guarantees. We are working to translate that consensus into action.

 

Listen to Emmy van Deurzen's intervention here

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Listen to "Tiny" Tim sign  "Tip Toe Thru' the Tulips With Me"


 

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