The British in Europe advocacy team have produced many papers and given expert testimony regularly since the referendum. Here are the key publications over this time.
Statement to the European Parliament
Published: Feb 2021
Following the parliamentary approval of the TCA in the UK, we wrote to the European Parliament highlighting the areas we would like MEPs to consider when it passes through the EP.
Letter to the Home Secretary
Published: 13 October 2020
We wrote to the Home Secretary explaining our demand to support the right of return amendment in the Immigration Bill when it returns to the Commons on 19 October.
Briefing note on Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
Published: 23 September 2020
This briefing document was published (in several iterations) for circulation in the UK ahead of the Immigration Bill debates. This is the latest edition.
Comments on the Guidance Note
Published: 29 June 2020
British in Europe and the3million welcome the EC Guidance Note on the Withdrawal Agreement (WA). It provides helpful clarification and guidance concerning the implementation of the provisions of the WA in the EU27 (and the UK) and their application to UK citizens in the EU (“UKinEU”) and EU citizens in the UK (“EUinUK”).
While primarily aimed at officials, the clear explanations and the
practical examples also provide assistance for those groups following and monitoring closely the implementation of the WA, such as the3million and British in Europe.
This comments paper has been written by the advocacy teams who have accompanied the negotiations from their very first day, to:
1) cover issues that are not dealt with in the Guidance Note and where they consider that guidance is critical, and
2) to raise questions and requests for clarification as regards the drafting of the Guidance Note itself.
Immigration and Social Security
Co-ordination EU Withdrawal Bill Committee
Published: 9 June 2020
Jeremy Morgan, vice-chair of BiE gave evidence to the Select Committee on the Immigration Bill and its impact on British citizens living in the EU.
Oral Evidence to Parliamentary Select Committee
Published: 30 May 2020
Following the written evidence submitted below, three members of the Steering Team gave oral evidence to the Select Committee. This dedicated session lasted 1.5 hours and covered the points raised in the written evidence below.
Written Evidence to Parliamentary Select Committee
This time, our views on 9 specific questions was requested.
Expert Observers - Part 2
Published: 19 May 2020
Following a response from Wendy Morton, Minister for the European Neighbourhood and the Americas, BiE nad t3m have replied to the UK Government and the EU Commission with some of the more important specifics that we would like to see discussed and resolved ahead of the first meeting of the special sub-committee of the Joint Committee on citizens’ rights.
Expert Observers - A request to the EU & UK
Published: 1 April 2020
With the3million, BiE wrote to both the UK Government and the EU Commission requesting that representatives of our organisations be given a role on the specialised subcommittee on citizens’ rights.
Comments on the Commission Implementing Decision
Published: 21 February 2020
Initial comments on the publication of the Implementing decision - viewable here