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Bremain in Spain Reacts to the Prospect of Brexit Negotiations Moving to Phase Two

2017-12-11

December 11, 2017, Valencia, Spain. Press Dispensary. Bremain in Spain ( http://www.bremaininspain.com ), a group campaigning for
the UK to remain in the European Union and to protect the rights of British
migrants living in Spain and the EU, comments on the news that Theresa May
had made a "great breakthrough" in the Brexit negotiations.

The response from EU and UK-based citizens’ groups to the news of a likely
move to phase two of negotiations has been swift and scathing.

British in Europe, the coalition of 10 UK citizens' groups - of which
Bremain in Spain Chair, Sue Wilson, is a steering committee member -
reacted with a rapid statement expressing its shock and surprise at the
developments.

Chair of British in Europe, Jane Golding, said: “This deal is even worse
than we expected. After 18 months of wrangling, the UK and EU have sold 4.5
million people down the river in a grubby bargain that will have a severe
impact on ordinary people’s ability to live their lives as we do now.”

Sue Wilson says: "We did not anticipate that the EU would recommend moving
to phase two of the negotiations at this stage – not when there are so many
unresolved citizens' rights issues. We believed May's insistence that we
were within ‘touching distance’ of an agreement was
inaccurate and misleading. However, rather than resolve these outstanding
issues, both sides have clearly agreed to lower the bar as to what
constitutes ‘sufficient progress’".

Wilson continues: "Even if we had suspected that a deal was imminent
regarding citizens' rights, we were convinced that, regarding the Irish
border issue, there was a long way to go. To discover the EU is willing to
allow the Irish border issue to be kicked into the long grass is a major
disappointment. Those issues are far from resolved and will no doubt remain
a major bone of contention. As we are moving to phase two of the
negotiations, citizens' rights issues will be buried under discussions of
trade and transition. If the outstanding issues could not be resolved when
we were supposedly one of only three priorities, what chance is there when
we are one of many more?”

She concludes: “The deal has not yet been endorsed by the EU27 but it seems
unlikely that they will vote against it in Strasbourg next week, even if
there are many dissenting voices, including that of Guy Verhofstadt. Yet
again, our security has been sacrificed for the sake of the security of
May and her government. Her actions this week may have provided a stay of
execution for her as leader but have done nothing to alleviate the suffering
of 4.5 million EU citizens who would be most affected by Brexit. Not only is
the deal incomplete, it's not even guaranteed or
protected. Furthermore, the Tories are crowing as if they’ve pulled
off a major success that we should be celebrating and accepting with
gratitude. I can assure you that British citizens in the EU are not
celebrating or grateful but more fearful than ever of being thrown under the
Brexit bus. We will continue to fight to protect ourselves in the best way
possible, by fighting to remain in the EU.”

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Notes for editors
Bremain in Spain is a group 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 volunteers, the group is chaired by Sue Wilson, who is a member of the Steering Committee of British in Europe - the coalition of 10 UK citizens' groups throughout the EU. Bremain in Spain is passionate about protecting the rights of EU citizens who have chosen to live in another EU country and believes the best way to achieve this aim is by the UK remaining a member of the EU.  Bremain in Spain is also partnered with Britain for Europe and European Movement.

For further information please contact
Sue Wilson, Chair
Bremain in Spain
Email:

James Gambrill
Media Liaison Officer
Email:
Tel: + 34 622 664 547

Jo Chipchase
Press Officer
Email:
Tel: + 34 696 056 328

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

Media contacts

Sue Wilson, Chair
Email:

James Gambrill
Media Liaison Officer
Email:
Tel: + 34 622 664 547

Jo Chipchase
Press Officer
Email:
Tel: + 34 696 056 328

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

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