Write to your MEP!

December 11, 2017 7:27 PM

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The Brexit door's are closing! Write to your MEP before it is too late!

Britain For Europe, an anti-Brexit protest group have suggested using the following template. Just copy and paste it:

Template for letter to host state and UK MEPs

Please adjust the bits in square brackets to fit your own circumstances.

[Sender's address]

[Addressee] [Date]

Dear

I am a British citizen who has lived in [town/province/region] for [number] years. I am writing to appeal to you as one of my MEPs. It is now 18 months since the Brexit referendum [in which I had no right to vote as the legislation authorising the referendum denied the right to vote to those who had lived abroad for over 15 years]. Despite promises by both Mr. Barnier and Mrs. May that securing our rights as citizens would be a top priority and that Brexit would not affect our daily lives.

I understand that although there has been some agreement during the negotiations on aspects of Citizens' Rights, there are many issues that are extremely important to British people like me on which there is no agreement. The negotiations are now at a critical stage and the European Council has to decide in mid-December whether "sufficient progress" has been made on, among other things, Citizens' Rights. It is crucial that the Council does not confirm 'sufficient progress' simply so that talks move on to the next phase if there is in fact no agreement on all fundamental issues on citizens' rights. If that were to happen we would literally become 'bargaining chips' with critical elements of our rights being bartered by M. Barnier and Mr. Davis against future trade relationships.

I therefore urge you as one of my elected representatives in the European Parliament to do all within your power to see that the rights I mention below are safeguarded and that there is no artificial finding of "sufficient progress" if they are not.

British in Europe, the coalition of groups of UK citizens living in Europe has written to you spelling out the big issues which are still outstanding. As one of the millions of citizens directly affected, I would like to support what they have said, and urge you to support our claim to:

  • Continuation of our right to family reunification, so that families are not divided by Brexit;
  • Continuation of our right to freedom of movement throughout the EU27, vital to so many UK citizens who came to Europe to work;
  • Relaxation of the rule that will deprive us of the right to return to our homes after Brexit if we have to leave them for two years or more ("the two year rule");
  • Acceptance by the EU of the UK offer to lift the two year rule for EU citizens in the UK in exchange for freedom of movement for UK citizens in the EU. This has not yet been accepted by the EU negotiators despite being in the evident interest of their own citizens.
  • The continuation of full recognition of all professional qualifications throughout the EU27 and in the UK, vital for so many who work;
  • Continuation of existing cross-border working and other economic rights throughout the EU27 for those who are exercising them at the moment;
  • Continuation of our existing rights to vote in EU and local elections.
  • Ring-fencing any agreement that is made so that the progress which has been made on matters like securing residence rights, health-care, pensions etc. is not lost.

Please do all that you can to see that we, the British citizens who left the UK to embrace the European ideal, and the EU citizens who moved to the UK in the same spirit, are protected against the consequences of a referendum in which the majority of us had no vote. It is vital that both sides in the negotiations live up to their promises that Brexit should not affect our daily lives.

Yours sincerely,

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