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Citizens’ Rights Myth Buster

The UK Govt, like @WalkerWorcester here, and UK press in general keep on repeating that the #citizensrights of the EU citizens in the UK have been guaranteed even in case of a #NoDealBrexit.

This myth buster will look these claims in more detail.
Myth 1: #citizensrights in case of no-deal are guaranteed
@Stuart_McDonald busting this myth here: “a unilateral promise from the Prime Minister can be here today & gone tomorrow. [...] it doesn't bind her successors [...] their rights can be repealed at a blink of an eye"
Myth 2: It is a registration process
Often repeated in the press that Settled Status is a registration process:
@Dr_PhilippaW busting this myth: “There should not be an application. Even a registration would suggest something different. An application implies you can be refused"
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While the UK Govt refuses to secure the #citizensrights of EU citizens in the UK & @BritishInEurope through a bilateral ring-fencing agreement with the EU for the case of #NoDealBrexit they just showed that they are willing to do so with Switzerland.
europestreet.news/uk-switzerland…
The agreement with Switzerland does not only cover indefinite residence rights but also social security coordination, sevices provided & recognition of qualifications - things at risk for EU citizens in the UK & @BritishInEurope in case of no-deal Brexit.
ejpd.admin.ch/ejpd/en/home/a…
We are asking @DExEUgov & @Number10gov why is ring-fencing #citizensrights possible with Switzerland when you are refusing so hard to do so for the 3.6m EU citizens in the UK & 1.2m @BritishInEurope with the EU? People's lives are still used as #BargainingChip.

#RescueOurRights
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1/ Shadow Brexit minister @PaulBlomfieldMP & Shadow Immigration minister @Afzal4Gorton wrote to @carolinenokes & @WalkerWorcester yesterday to raise major concerns over the Govt approach on #citizensrights of EU citizens in the UK & @BritishInEurope in case of no-deal Brexit.
2/ the Labour MPs raise issues on:
▪️Scope
▪️How to distinguish between 2 sets of EU citizens post March 29th
▪️Deadline for Settled Status applications
▪️Appeal rights
▪️Family reunion rights
▪️The impact of no deal for the 1.2m @BritishInEurope
3/ on scope (who will be protected) the Labour MPs question whether the no-deal guarantee includes everyone the Govt promised to protect above and beyond the Withdrawal Agreement as previously indicated.
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1/ They simply can't stop lying

In a letter to a constituent @Conservatives MP Gareth Johnson writes: "[...]when people voted to leave the EU they [...] understood the impact this would have on British citizen elsewhere in the EU as well as EU citizens."

This is a lie.
2/ During the Brexit referendum campaign @BorisJohnson, @michaelgove, @patel4witham & @GiselaStuart said that EU citizens will be treated no less favourably than they are at present.

This turned out to be a lie.
voteleavetakecontrol.org/restoring_publ…
3/ During the Brexit referendum campaign @BorisJohnson said that the Vienna Convention protects the rights of the @BritishInEurope in France and elsewhere in EU.

Again, this turned out to be a lie.
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1. Dear @carolinenokes MP and @10DowningStreet.
I started to work in the UK (for @fusionenergy) on the 14/04/2014 as Senior Electrical Designer, I am now an Electrical systems design engineer.
A "#HighSkilled migrant" as they say, but not eligible to the #SettledStatus. [THREAD]
2. I will have my 5 eligible years on the 14/04/2019.
Or 16 days after #BrexitDay.
Maybe it is worth to mention that I arrived on the 01/12/2013. So I have actually my 5 years, but I have no proof.
I was joining an ex-partner to look for work in the UK, my name was not on bills.
3. Yesterday, like other fellow @The3Million, I read the following article.
"Employers will be expected to check whether EU nationals have the right to work in the UK if there is a #NoDeal #Brexit, even though it will be almost impossible to assess this".
theguardian.com/politics/2018/…
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I have asked my MP @AnnaMcMorrin to take the pledge and support the right of #The5Million to retain their current #citizensrights after Brexit.

Have you?

#EUcitizensChampion #bargainingChip #theLastMile #inLimbo

Ask your own MP here:
the3million.sentientleaf.com
Do you think I am the only one?

If each member of #The5Million who have been #inLimbo for 858 days now donated a single grain of rice, at 1 second for each grain.

We would be a large pile of 100 kg of rice.

After two months.

#theLastMile

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1/ UK is going to guarantee #citizensrights of EU citizens in the UK without the EU, one sided - unilaterally - in case of no deal Brexit leaked papers show. Claiming the moral high ground over the EU.
Yet again, too late, too little. itv.com/news/2018-08-1…
2/ The time for unilateral guarantees and claiming the moral high ground passed a long time ago though. Together with the @BritishInEurope we pleaded with the UK Govt to take that moral high ground for months after the referendum. It fell on deaf ears.
theguardian.com/politics/2016/…
3/ instead UK Govt reduced EU citizens in the UK & the @BritishInEurope down to Brexit negotiation capital. Made us a #BargainingChip. Unilateral guarantee would have been the right until triggering Article 50. It would have created much needed goodwill.
blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/08/reveal…
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1/ The EU have published their general preparedness note for no deal #Brexit. And it looks very bleak on the #citizensrights for the 3.6m EU citizens in the UK and 1.2m @BritishInEurope.
ec.europa.eu/info/sites/inf…
2/in case of no deal EU confirms that what has been agreed so far on #citizensrights in the Withdrawal Agreement will be null and void. No ifs, no buts. We'd move from #BargainingChip to collateral damage.
3/ EU is urging citizens to be prepared for no deal Brexit by March 2019. It also tasks embassies & consulates to inform their citizens. Concerned? We are. Maybe a good time to get into contact with your embassy to find out more. /end
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