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