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Bremain in Spain is part of Delegation to the British Embassy in Madrid

2017-04-20
Representatives from 11 citizens' groups attend meeting hosted by the British Ambassador for Spain


April 20, 2017, Valencia, Spain. Press Dispensary. Bremain in Spain ( http://www.bremaininspain.com ), a group campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain, was part of a delegation to the UK Embassy in Madrid on Wednesday 19 April. The purpose of the meeting, attended by representatives from a coalition of 11 UK citizens' groups working in Europe, was to discuss the post-Brexit rights of more than one million UK citizens living in the EU where they met virtually with the Rt. Hon. David Jones - Minster of State for the Department for Exiting the EU.

The meeting was the start of an exchange of information and dialogue to illustrate the complex and intertwined nature of the rights that British citizens currently hold in the EU.
The delegation urged the UK government to abide by the principles set forth in its recent Alternative White Paper, which asks all sides in the upcoming negotiations first to agree that "the UK's withdrawal from the EU should not have retrospective effect on individuals" and that "UK citizens currently resident in the EU and EU citizens currently resident in the UK should be expressly treated as continuing to have the same rights as they had before Brexit".

The delegation also called on the government to promise UK pensioners living in the EU that their pensions will continue to be updated after Brexit. Furthermore, it is urging EU negotiators and governments to change their position so that an agreement on the rights of British citizens in Europe and the three million EU citizens in the UK can be "ring-fenced" and will stand if there is no wider agreement.

Sue Wilson, Chair of Bremain in Spain, comments: "We were encouraged by the clear indication that this was the start of an ongoing dialogue. The fact that our concerns were taken seriously and our input was clearly of value was also encouraging. However, it was slightly disappointing that limits were placed on what we are permitted to share - such a different approach from the transparency of the recent meeting with Michel Barnier - but it was a positive start. We will continue to present questions and case studies and hope that the government will discuss the issues more publicly, moving forwards. As we say in Spain, poco a poco (little by little)."

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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.

For further information please contact
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

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

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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