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UK Citizens Groups in the EU Collaborate in Aftermath of Alternative White Paper

2017-02-09

February 09, 2017, Valencia, Spain. Press Dispensary. An increasing number of groups representing UK citizens across the European Union, including Bremain in Spain, are coming together to fight for their common cause - protecting the rights of their members.

Following their appearance at the House of Commons Select Committee for Exiting the European Union in January 2017, Debbie Williams (Brexpats - Hear our Voice), Gareth Horsfall (Italy), Christopher Chantrey (France) and Sue Wilson (Bremain in Spain) have been increasingly working together for the common good.

Alongside other European groups, the UK Citizens collective holds weekly virtual conferences and has been working jointly on various campaigns. The most notable of these was last week's Alternative White Paper, issued en masse to members of both Houses of Parliament. This was covered extensively by the media, both in the UK and across Europe. The Alternative White Paper was the biggest joint action to date by groups representing UK citizens in the EU. Today sees the follow-up action by the collective - i.e. emails from the heads of each group directly to the Department of Exiting the European Union.

Last week, David Davis, the Secretary of State for the Department of Exiting the European Union, told the House of Commons that "we have engaged a range of stakeholders, including expatriate groups, to ensure we understand the priorities of UK nationals living in EU countries". As not one of the groups can recall ever being contacted by Mr Davis, they decided that each group would write to his department pointing out this oversight on his part, and requesting a meeting.

The emails are being sent en masse at 13.00 today (Thursday 9 February, 2017) to an email address provided by the Ministry to deal with UK citizens from the EU:

Sue Wilson, Chair of Bremain in Spain, commented: "I would encourage all other 'stakeholders', who have not been 'engaged' by David Davis, to follow our lead and point out that you have not been contacted. Let's see how many of us he's prepared to engage with, and if he really does understand the priorities of UK nationals living in EU countries."

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Notes for editors
Bremain in Spain is a group that is campaigning for the UK to remain in the European Union and to protect the rights of British migrants living and working in Spain. Run by a team of volunteers and chaired by Sue Wilson - a resident of the Valencian Community - the group advocates a tolerant and outward-looking society. It believes this is best achieved by the UK remaining a member of the EU and citizens retaining freedom of movement. Bremain in Spain is actively campaigning on a number of initiatives. During January 2017, Sue Wilson appeared in front of the Parliamentary Select Committee for Exiting the European Union at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, to present evidence about the concerns of UK citizens living in Spain. Since then, the group has appeared frequently in the media. Bremain in Spain is affiliated to Britain for Europe.

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Sue Wilson, Chair
Bremain in Spain
Email:
Jo Chipchase
Press Officer
Email:
Tel: + 34 696 056 328

Alastair Stewart
Deputy Press Officer
Email:
Tel: + 44 7549 504281

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Media contacts

Sue Wilson, Chair
Email:
Jo Chipchase
Press Officer
Email:
Tel: + 34 696 056 328

Alastair Stewart
Deputy Press Officer
Email:
Tel: + 44 7549 504281

Site: www.bremaininspain.com
Facebook: Bremain in Spain
Twitter: @BremainInSpain

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