Bremain in Spain marches against Brexit in Manchester

Bremain in Spain marches against Brexit in Manchester

WHILST Catalunya descended into chaos yesterday (Sunday), a protest march against another referendum was taking place over 1,500 kilometres away: tens of thousands hit the streets of Manchester in a huge ‘Stop Brexit’ march.
Among them were members of the campaign group Bremain in Spain, which represents the interests of Brits living in Spain or with holiday homes there who are concerned as to how far their lives will be affected by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
The 5,000 – and steadily increasing in number – members of Bremain in Spain were not all able to go, but the small number who did were represented by indefatigable group leader Sue Wilson, whose realistic and straight-to-the-point speech attracted whoops and cheers from the 50,000-plus who joined the march to the Conservative party conference being held in the north-western UK city.
The demonstration kicked off with Lib Dem leader and passionate anti-Brexit campaigner Vince Cable, philosopher AC Grayling and The New European‘s editor-in-chief Alastair Campbell giving their views.

Vince Cable: “The first thing Mrs May should do is protect citizens’ rights”

Sir Cable said he ‘hoped the Tories down the road’ were ‘listening’ to the crowd’s ‘very clear message’: “They are not all leavers; far from it. There are plenty of Tory activists who are very unhappy with the way things are going. I hope Labour are listening, as well – a lot of people forget about Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-EU stance.”
Sir Cable said there were many ‘specific things’ the UK government could be doing at the present time, the main issue to resolve being that of citizens’ rights, both Europeans in Britain and Brits in Europe. “Currently they are scared and many are leaving,” Vince, pictured here with Bremain in Spain’s Sue Wilson, revealed.
“If Theresa May is so confident she is going to get a good deal, why does she not put it to the public?” The Lib Dem leader wondered.
AC Grayling pointed out that those who oppose Brexit are ‘much more than 48%’ of adult British citizens, something Bremain in Spain’s Sue Wilson stressed in her speech, referring to those UK nationals living in the EU who were not allowed to vote in the referendum due to having been residing abroad for 15 years or more. Her punchily-delivered discourse came at the end of the march, after the 50,000 paraded down the streets of Manchester chanting en masse, ‘b******s to Brexit’.

Nobody should have their rights removed against their wishes”

Get full transcript of speech in thinkspain article

Bremain in Spain protestors to march in Manchester to ‘Stop Brexit’

Bremain in Spain protestors to march in Manchester to ‘Stop Brexit’

A GROUP campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain, will be making its presence felt at the Stop Brexit march in Manchester today (1 October).

Chair of the organisation, Sue Wilson, will be speaking at the event alongside ten other anti-Brexit speakers including Alastair Campbell, AC Grayling, Bonnie Greer and Alison McGovern..

Bremain in Spain is concerned that Theresa May made scant mention of the rights of British citizens in the EU27 and EU citizens in the UK during her Florence speech, giving very little reassurance to those who have been living in limbo ever since the referendum.

Sue Wilson says: “We hold the Tories responsible for the mess that is Brexit. Our voices must be heard – we have been invisible for too long.

“Members of Bremain in Spain will be marching at this event to demonstrate that our anger, fear and despair at Brexit has not dissipated and we’re not giving up.

See original EWN report…

Sue Wilson Speech in Manchester




Miles de británicos, contra el “monstruo” del Brexit

Miles de británicos, contra el “monstruo” del Brexit

El “monstruo” del Brexit marcó el camino. La criatura amorfa y fallera, con las cabezas de Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Michae Gove y David Davis, abrió la multitudinaria manifestación pro-europea de Manchester. Un río de banderas azules recorrió las calles de la ciudad industrial hasta las puertas del Hotel Midland, para cantar serenata a la premier en el arranque de la conferencia del Partido Conservador.

Por tercera vez en un mes, más de 50.000 británicos hicieron causa común y acudieron al reclamo anti-Brexit, que vuelve a sonar con fuerzas renovadas en medio del fiasco de la negociaciones y entre las divisiones que no cesan en el gabinete May. En un mensaje dirigido a los conspiradores de su propio partido, May declaró que piensa continuar en su puesto, culminar la salida de la UE y crear “un país que funcione para todos”.

ver artículo original…



Expat group Bremain in Spain blast Theresa May’s Florence Brexit speech

Expat group Bremain in Spain blast Theresa May’s Florence Brexit speech

A group campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain, responds to Theresa May’s Brexit speech that took place today in the historic city of Florence, Italy.


Theresa May’s speech today in Florence, Italy was an opportunity to send out signals of clarity following widespread criticism about how the government is handling the Brexit process.

Bremain in Spain a group of volunteers campaigning for the UK to remain in the European Union respond to May’s speech.

Sue Wilson, Chair of Bremain in Spain, comments: “If May’s intention was to facilitate progress in the negotiations, I fear she will be disappointed. As per usual, we have more soundbites than substance.

“I can’t believe anything she said today would persuade the EU27 that sufficient progress has been made to move forward.”

Wilson adds: “Many of us feel prouder of being European than British, thanks to Brexit.

“It’s abundantly clear that May has no authority left in the UK or the world stage. The sooner she and her government realise that the EU holds all the cards, the better.”

Crowds of protestors carrying placards swamped the area where May was giving her speech saying their rights were not being represented.

Bremain in Spain will be participating in the ‘Stop Brexit National March’ in Manchester on Sunday 1 October. The event will feature political heavyweights including Alistair Campbell, AC Grayling, Bonnie Greer, Alison McGovern and Richard Corbett.

See original article from Olive Press

Season of Anti-Brexit Marches Begins

Season of Anti-Brexit Marches Begins

THE PEOPLE’S March for Europe rally took place on Saturday (September 9) in London marking a start to the ‘autumn of discontent’.

The event attracted an estimated 50,000 people including speakers from all major political parties – Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and Greens.

Organisers reported that they united under the pro-EU banner of ‘rethink and reject Brexit’.

After the rally they noted that news outlets across the UK, Europe and the world ‘took notice’.

“We showed that the public is deeply unhappy with Brexit and the way this country is heading,” they stated.

“This fight isn’t just about today, it’s about tomorrow and the future we create for our children and grandchildren.”

Graham Hughes, one of the spokespeople for the march stated: “It’s important not just to allow people to express their democratic right to protest, but to show people that they’re not powerless and they are not alone.

“I’m talking about the millions who are terrified of what a post-Brexit Britain will look like, the millions who are deeply concerned about their children and grand-children’s future in an increasingly isolated and intolerant Britain, the millions who feel a deep shame at our arrogance and stupidity in thinking that ‘we can stand on our own two feet’.”

As part of the autumn of discontent, marches and demonstrations are taking place across the UK to protest against the government plans to withdraw from the EU.

The second of these took place on Wednesday, with the British in Europe and the3million Mass Lobby also staging a rally in London.

Bremain in Spain’s Sue Wilson, who lives in Valencia, said: “It was great to see so many MPs at the Mass Lobby and rally yesterday, pledging their support on citizens’ rights.

“The three million EU citizens in the UK and 1.5 million British citizens in the EU are still living in fear and anxiety, waiting for reassurance that their rights and freedoms will be protected.

“We have been treated as bargaining chips for too long and enough is enough.

“Bremain in Spain will keep fighting to protect the rights of all citizens, but the best way to achieve that is to stop Brexit altogether.”

The remaining dates are as follows –
September 17 – #StopBrexit March, Bournemouth
Sept 24 – #Stopbrexit March, Brighton, UK
Oct 1 – #StopBrexit National March,Manchester UK
Oct 1 – Street Party, Manchester for Europe, UK
Oct 1 – Labour against Brexit March, Manchester UK
Oct 14 – 12 regional rallies across the UK

The People’s March note that they are ‘a platform and a voice for the many organisations and ordinary citizens that are pro-Remain’.


Costa Blanca News15th September 2017 
by Dave Jones

100 Deportation letters issued in error to EU citizens in the UK

100 Deportation letters issued in error to EU citizens in the UK

In response to the recent news that 100 deportation letters had been issued, by the Home Office in error, to EU citizens in the UK, British in Europe & the 3Million issued this response. Bremain in Spain is one of the UK Citizens groups that make up the British in Europe coalition.

In the Guardian – 28th August 2017

UK Home Office ‘cannot be trusted’, say EU citizens’ rights groups


Campaigners says they will reject any deal giving the Home Office a say in their future after last week’s deportation notice debacle

Campaign groups representing EU citizens seeking to protect their right to remain in the UK after Brexit have warned they will reject any deal that gives the Home Office a say in their future.

Grassroots campaign groups across the UK and Europe wrote to EU negotiators on Monday to say the Home Office “cannot be trusted” following last week’s debacle when the department mistakenly sent up to 100 letters to EU nationals living in the UK ordering them to leave the country or face deportation.

“If serious errors like this can be made whilst the UK is still administering a system based on EU freedom of movement rights, what is likely to happen when it is running its own system, having ‘taken control again’?” asked British in Europe, a coalition of 11 citizen campaign groups across the EU and the UK.

The3million, which campaigns for the rights of EU citizens settled in the UK, said it was also informing the government it was officially opposing the offer of a new immigration category of “settled status” post-Brexit.

This had been described as a “fair and generous” offer by the prime minister in June.

Nicolas Hatton, the co-founder of the3million, said: “We talked to some of the EU citizens who received these letters. It was a terrifying experience for them. We have tightened up our policy over the summer and we have decided we have no option but to oppose the settled status on offer.

“We are saying settled status will put people under the direct rule of the Home Office and that would be fine if the Home Office could be trusted, but we have no confidence in the Home Office. They cannot be trusted.”

As the third round of Brexit talks got under way in Brussels, British in Europe told EU officials that the purpose of the letter was not simply to complain about UK maladministration, but to ask the commission to “focus very closely on this issue in negotiations”.

The Home Office apologised for its error, but British in Europe says the blunder highlights the risks of being at the mercy of the department after Brexit.

The group says it wants the government and the EU to agree that EU citizens can continue to have permanent residency rights that flowed from the EU treaty that also allows British citizens in Europe to live in other member states.

It is also opposed to the application process for settled status and want their rights to be automatically rolled over to the post-Brexit era.

“The British government have pretended for a long time now that they care about EU citizens. We are seeking guarantees for our lifetime, not one, two or five years.

“The ‘settled status’ on offer would give the Home Office extraordinary powers and after last week’s maladministration it is plain to see they cannot have a role here because there is no way the Home Office can guarantee those rights,” said Hatton.

British in Europe, which includes groups representing Britons living in France, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Holland as well as the UK, told EU negotiators in its letter that while it recognised that the Home Office needed to make preparations for withdrawal from the bloc, it did not see why they had to be treated as fresh immigrants under immigration law.

It has suggested that local councils can simply certify EU citizens who are already settled, doing away with a need to apply for immigration status under the Home Office, which runs a “hostile environment” approach to non-EU nationals wishing to enter the UK.

“Clearly, there is a vast difference between designing a system which is applying for a status under UK immigration law (including criminality checks) on the one hand, and a simplified process which could be rolled out to local council level allowing people to ‘certify’ their declaratory rights (RC and PR) on the other hand,” said the letter to the EU.

The British proposal, it says, would also mean EU citizens, who currently have the right to enter and work in the UK, would have a limited right to appeal against Home Office decisions.

“Recently, the UK drastically reduced the appeal rights of those affected by adverse immigration decisions (s.15 Immigration Act 2014), save in the case of EU citizens whose appeal rights were protected by European law,” said the letter.

“Settled status would mean the application of complex UK immigration law procedures to all 3 million, the loss of their existing rights and no guarantees that serious errors, similar to the letters sent last week, won’t happen again.

“There is nothing preventing the British government and the European Unionagreeing to continue the current permanent residence system, albeit with a fairer and simplified application system so that all 3 million EU citizens can apply in confidence with the guarantee they will be able to continue to live their lives as now over their lifetimes,” said British in Europe.


Read the Article in the Guardian HERE