Bremain in Spain Comments on Devolved Parliaments and Brexit

Bremain in Spain Comments on Devolved Parliaments and Brexit

Bremain in Spain, an organisation campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain and the EU, comments on the burning issue of the devolved parliaments in the Brexit negotiations and why it is increasingly necessary to have a People’s Vote.
The Welsh government, headed by Carwyn Howell Jones who will stand down in autumn, has agreed to sign a deal with UK government ministers over the sharing of EU powers if Brexit goes ahead. The Welsh Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford, said that UK government concessions are enough to protect the Welsh Assembly’s powers if Britain leaves the EU.
In an open letter to prime minister, Theresa May, the Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said she would continue to press the prime minister to make further concessions on how the devolved and central UK governments would share powers re Brexit. Key issues include farm subsidies, fishing quotas, GM crop policies, organ transplant rules and food labelling.

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Guy Verhofstadt welcomes anti-Brexit campaigners to celebrate birthday in Brussels

Guy Verhofstadt welcomes anti-Brexit campaigners to celebrate birthday in Brussels

ARCH europhile Guy Verhofstadt celebrated his 65th birthday on Wednesday with a bizarre gift from self-proclaimed EU super girl Madelina Kay.

The anti-Brexit activist travelled to Brussels, where she presented the former Belgian prime minister a portrait of himself and a card signed by 1,200 fellow pro-EU advocates.Other gifts included an EU flag umbrella, which the Brexit Steering Group chairman nearly opened indoors.  Ms Kay’s visit to Mr Verhfostadt included an impromptu performance of ‘Happy Birthday’, which she played on her guitar and later uploaded a video to Twitter.As she offers the sporadic performance, Mr Verhofstadt replies: “You can sing, you can paint, you can… I can’t, I’m a bad singer.”

 

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Brexit Countdown: why remaining in Spain will be a massive pain after Brexit

Brexit Countdown: why remaining in Spain will be a massive pain after Brexit

One million Brits living in EU countries are today feeling abandoned by Theresa May.

Sue Wilson who heads Bremain in Spain representing 310,000 of them told Brexit Countdown: “We are in the dark as to where we stand.”
Brussels wants to restrict them to where they are now after Brexit so they won’t be allowed to move to another EU country.
Which means Brits abroad will have fewer rights than three million EU citizens living in the UK who can go to any of the other 27 EU member states.

Nothing the PM did with our EU partners at crunch European Council talks last week changed that.  And her UK tour this week to mark a year until Brexit on 29th March 2019 won’t help them either.

One in three Brits in Spain are retired. Those with jobs across the border in France face passport holdups after Brexit.
But don’t describe them as “expats” – they hate that. Sue adds: “We’re migrants, no different to EU citizens in the UK.”
“We’re not tourists. We don’t spend our lives on beaches or playing bowls or golf. We work, we raise children.”

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British expats in Spain one step closer to securing EU citizenship post-Brexit after landmark ruling in Netherlands

British expats in Spain one step closer to securing EU citizenship post-Brexit after landmark ruling in Netherlands

BRITISH expats will be able to fight for their EU citizenship at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) after winning a landmark legal ruling. 

It comes after five expats in the Netherlands asked a court in Amsterdam to refer their case to the ECJ last month. The group argued their existing rights could not be taken away because of a referendum in the UK. The judge ruled yesterday that the case could be referred.

A spokesman for Brexpats – Hear Our Voice, which led the challenge, said: “We are grateful to the court and obviously delighted with the decision. However, this is just the first step in clarifying what Brexit could mean for our EU citizenship.

“This case has always been about seeking clarification, not only for the 46,000 Brits living in the Netherlands, but also for all the 1.2 million Brits living in other EU countries.

“As has been demonstrated in recent days, what Brexit means is still extremely unclear. You cannot play with the lives of 1.2 million people as if they are pieces on a chessboard.”