Bremain in Spain reacts to latest Brexit negotiations
September 28, 2017, Valencia, Spain. Press Dispensary. Bremain in Spain ( http://www.bremaininspain.com (http://www.bremaininspain.com) ), a group campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain, reacts to the latest round of Brexit negotiations that commenced on 25 September, after being postponed for a week following May's Florence speech.
Sue Wilson, Chair of Bremain in Spain, comments: "It's no great surprise that the talks are not progressing in a 'smooth and orderly' manner. Nothing really significant has emerged from May's speech, which appeared to have two main objectives - to kick-start the negotiations and unite the Tory Party. Both of these have failed. The only notable point was May's commitment to a transition period - although this would be at the discretion of the EU27."
She adds: "Not only was valuable time wasted but the trip to Florence also squandered taxpayers' money. Tens of thousands of pounds were spent on translating key quotes into European languages. I'm sure that 'creativity and imagination' sounds as meaningless in French, Spanish and Italian as it does in English."
At the start of the negotiations on 25 September, Barnier was insisting on resolving separation issues first, while David Davis wanted to talk about the future relationship without settling the "divorce bill". Donald Tusk, after meeting May at 10 Downing Street, confirmed that "sufficient progress" had not been made.
Wilson continues: "At the press conference today, it was clear that some progress on citizens' rights had occurred, namely guaranteed rights of return for EU citizens and flexibility on freedom of movement. This was a significant step forward by the UK government and we hope it will be reciprocated by the EU. It's good to see the UK finally listening to our demands and showing more willingness to compromise. However, there's still some way to go and ECJ jurisdiction - a red line for the EU with regards to citizens' rights - remains a stumbling block."
Meanwhile, the prospect of moving the talks to Phase 2 still seems distant. As Barnier stated: "It could take weeks if not months to move on to the next stage."
Wilson concludes: "We must keep fighting to prevent this government from driving the UK over the cliff edge and to hold all parties to their commitment of citizens' rights being a number one priority."
• Bremain in Spain will be participating in the Stop Brexit March in Manchester on Sunday 1 October. Sue Wilson is speaking at the rally taking place at All Saints Park before the event, alongside 10 other renowned anti-Brexit speakers.
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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 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. Bremain in Spain is part of the British in Europe coalition of 10 UK citizens’ groups across the EU. It is also affiliated to Britain for Europe and European Movement.
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