MRN has joined the call for a mass lobby of parliament on 13 September to pressure the government to permanently guarantee all the rights of EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU post-Brexit.
The lobby will also see a rally in central London, expected to draw in thousands of EU and UK citizens concerned that their rights remain at risk. It is being supported by Unison, Migrants’ Rights Network, Another Europe is Possible and European Alternatives.
The government published a document setting out its offer to EU citizens in the UK earlier this month. However, under the plans, EU citizens would lose many of the rights they have now, including the ability to leave the country for extended periods of time, for example to care for an elderly relative.
the3million and British in Europe are asking for an offer which would allow them to continue to live their lives as they were before Brexit, with their rights permanently guaranteed in full and with a standalone agreement independent of the main negotiations.
Nicolas Hatton, founding director of the3million, says:
“We are not asking for special treatment. We came to Britain, a country we love, knowing that certain guarantees were in place. Now, following Brexit, those guarantees could be removed, despite the fact that the British government promised this wouldn’t happen.”
Jane Golding, chair of British in Europe, adds:
“We entirely support the calls for EU citizens’ rights to be guaranteed in full, just as we are asking for the same for our rights. We are not asking for too much and we aren’t asking for anything new for ourselves or EU citizens in the UK. All we want is to carry on as we were.
“We call on the government to act now and put an end to the uncertainty that has been hanging over us for a year and over the lives of the three million EU citizens who have made the UK their home.”