The Millions in the Margins – Why we have to look after ourselves

Apart from the usual work of keeping up with the Brexit news (and watching Theresa May’s government apparently falling apart), the past couple of weeks have seen us occupied with reading and analysing the draft Millions in the Margins advice that our legal team has produced.

We are discussing with them various points of clarification and elaboration.

It’s 46 pages-worth of what we pay our legal eagles for, so light reading it is not: we are therefore working on how best to present this information to the various groups of people we need to get it to. Obviously, first and foremost are our supporters, then there are various other groups we co-operate with.

We are building a catalogue of personal situations that are representative of various groupings of UK citizens who in the main part are being ignored in the exit negotiations and will lose all their EU citizenship rights as well as some who will have those citizenship rights severely curtailed.

Some of these situations also show how UK citizens are being discriminated against compared to citizens from EU27 member states.

These situations are based around factual examples of people we have met or worked with since we started campaigning in late 2014.

We also need to address these issues with MPs, MEPs and members of the UK’s assemblies to help illustrate how the fundamental rights of millions of UK citizens are being ignored. Despite what the UK & EU negotiators are saying, the issue of addressing these rights has not been “taken care of”, and there is far from equal and parallel treatment of the various groups of people affected including EU27 citizens in the UK and UK citizens.

The analysis of the limited protections also shows how the EU have progressively retreated from their position of protecting the rights of EU27 and UK citizens who have made significant life choices on the basis of being EU citizens moving freely around the EU28 to the very much more limited position of protecting the right to reside and to a limited extent work cross-border.

There is no doubt that there are complex situations and issues involved, and many of them, but it’s a question of people’s rights, and deserves attention and analysis, not being dismissed as “question too difficult” as the UK’s and EU’s negotiators have seemingly done so far.

As we said in a previous post, only The People’s Challenge is doing this detailed work covering the impact of the withdrawal agreement on fundamental citizenship rights enjoyed by all UK citizens. As we have previously done we will distribute what we produce to all our supporters and to the many formal and informal groups we work with.


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Published by Grahame Pigney on behalf of The People’s Challenge Ltd.

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