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Right of Return: Surinder Singh

BACKGROUND Since 2017 the right of UK nationals returning with non-UK family members has been a source of concern. While completely within the gift of the UK, and outside the remit of the...

23 August 2021

House of Lords Report on Citizens' Rights

Following oral evidence sessions with citizens’ rights experts on 25 May in which our Co-Chair, Jane Golding, gave evidence and the following submission of written evidence by BiE and other...

23 July 2021

UK nationals abroad: Covid-19 Quarantine

Following Grant Shapps' statement to Parliament regarding the removal of the quarantine requirements for UK-vaccinated residents, and the subsequent confirmation by No 10 that this would not...

8 July 2021

House of Lords: Select Committee Evidence

On 25 May, our Co-Chair, Jane Golding, gave oral evidence to the House of Lords European Affairs Select Committee on the rights of UK citizens in the EU. This formed part of the committee’s...

15 June 2021

Honours for Co-Chairs and Recognition of BiE's Work

We are delighted to announce that both Jane Golding and Fiona Godfrey have been awarded OBE's in the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours:Jane Golding: Co-Chair, British in Europe & Chair, British in...

11 June 2021

Home Fees - our letter to the Minister of Universities

Despite promises of a grace period of 7 years for home fees at UK universities, we have found that there is widespread confusion within the universities as well as issues with the funding process....

3 June 2021

THE CLOCK IS TICKING

Before and after the referendum, UK and EU leaders promised UK citizens living in the EU that our daily lives would not change. Their promises have not been kept. Our rights have been reduced and...

31 May 2021

Right of return - BiE letter to Priti Patel

We have once more raised the issue of the right of return to the UK of non-UK family members in a letter to Secretary of State Priti Patel and Home Office Minister Kevin Foster, copying in FCDO...

28 May 2021

Our letter to Boris Johnson

Following recent reports into the treatment of EU nationals on entering the UK, British in Europe has written to the Prime Minister, Dominic Raab and Priti Patel to express our concern. Here is...

20 May 2021

Queen's Speech: 11 May 2021

British in Europe statement in response to the Queen’s Speech which includes a provision to restore votes for life to overseas UK citizens:‘We fully support modernising the UK voting system, which...

11 May 2021

Residence Rights

SITTING COVID OUT AWAY FROM YOUR HOST STATE? DON’T LOSE YOUR RIGHTS OF RESIDENCEBecause of COVID a lot of UK nationals resident in the EU are spending much more time than usual away from home....

17 March 2021

EHICs, GHICs and other stories

Since our blog post last November about UK issued EHICs, things have moved on a bit. Here we bring you up to date on current information and outline how you are covered from 1 January 2021 for...

26 January 2021

Travel Chaos for UK residents in the EU

The New Year, and the end of the Brexit transition period, has brought travel chaos for UK residents in the EU trying to return home. Britons around the EU have encountered difficulties, with...

3 January 2021

BiE Statement on the Deal

British in Europe is relieved that there is agreement on the future relationship between the EU and UK as a failure to reach a deal would have had serious consequences for our families and friends...

24 December 2020

Stranded by COVID-19? Our recommendations...

We are hearing from British nationals resident in the EU who are stuck in the UK, a situation no-one needs at this time of year as transition ends.British in Europe contacted the Commission...

22 December 2020

Travel for British in Europe during COVID-19 times

Update 22.12.21 - the EU Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to new variant of coronavirus in the UK in which they recommend:"Union...

21 December 2020

Exportable Benefits and S1 Forms

If you have, or you're likely to apply for in the future, one of these disability and care benefits from the UK this is an important post for you. The benefits affected are:Disability Living...

16 November 2020

Travelling into and out of the Schengen area

This is a question that has come up many times over the last months: after the end of the transition period, how do I come back into my host country (or another Schengen country) after travelling...

4 November 2020

Select Committee - Implementation Report

British in Europe welcomes the latest report, from the Select Committee for the Future Negotiations, on the Implementation of the citizens’ rights chapter of the Withdrawal Agreement.Since three...

21 October 2020

Studying abroad - from home?

Do you have student children studying in another country where they do not yet have residency, or have friends who do? If so, this could be important information for you and them.For a small...

12 October 2020

We won in the Lords - now to the House of Commons!

UPDATE 15/10/2020: Read our letter to the Home Secretary here.We have been working with peers in the House of Lords to put forward an amendment to the Immigration Bill on the right to return to...

10 October 2020

We did it! Our statement

British in Europe is delighted that members of the House of Lords voted this afternoon in support of amendment 11 to the Immigration Bill. Hundreds of UK citizens living in the European Economic...

5 October 2020

Another Push on the Immigration Bill

As you might have seen, the Report Stage of the Immigration Bill opened in the House of Lords on Wednesday 30 September. Lady Hamwee introduced our amendment on the right to return to the...

2 October 2020

Our right to return to the UK with our non-UK families

British in Europe have long been lobbying Westminster about issues affecting UK in EU within the UK Immigration Bill. This is crucial legislation for us as it removes our existing right to return...

23 September 2020

The Internal Market Bill - BiE's statement

Following the extraordinary events in the UK Parliament this week we have, along with the3million, published a statement calling for the PM to give a statement in the House confirming that the UK...

11 September 2020

Immigration Bill reaches the House of Lords

The immigration bill has reached the House of Lords where several members spoke on our behalf. Below are the two leading contributions from Baron Oates (Lib Dem)and Baroness Kennedy (Labour).We...

22 July 2020

Quarantine policy - a letter to the PM

The Prime Minister recently confirmed in the House of Commons that the UK will implement a period of quarantine/self-isolation by the end of May for all travellers arriving in the UK except for...

7 June 2020

Evidence to Parliamentary Select Committee

At the end of April 2020 British in Europe was once more asked by the UK Parliamentary Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union to provide evidence. We have already given oral...

7 June 2020

Expert Observers - Part 2

On the 30th March British in Europe and the3million wrote a joint letter to both the UK Government and the EU Commission requesting that representatives of our organisations be given a role on the...

13 May 2020

UK Government allocates fund to support UK in EU

The UK Government has today released details of the funds allocated to support UK Nationals in the EU which can be read here.BRITISH IN EUROPE STATEMENT Brexit is an unprecedented political and...

6 March 2020

Response to BiE from Ben Macpherson

On 28 August 2019 Jeremy Morgan and Mireille Pouget of the3million met Ben Macpherson (centre), the Scottish Government Minister for Europe, to discuss citizens' rights for EU citizens in Scotland...

6 November 2019

BiE and the UK General Election: priorities until December

Last week the EU granted the UK another three month extension until 31 January 2020 and the next day, a new general election was announced.The outcome of the UK general election on 12 December is...

3 November 2019

Letter to Michel Barnier from Steve Barclay

Today we are pleased to see that our recent meeting with Secretary of State Steve Barclay (below) has resulted in a clearly worded letter to Michel Barnier requesting the ringfencing of our rights...

7 June 2019