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Well, @theresa_may, I guess the certainty you now have that nobody can challenge you for 12 months must be comforting. Certainty. That is something #The5Million of us have not had for 901 days. And thanks to you that won't change anytime soon. I do not have confidence in you. 1/
I have no confidence because one thing is already clear and can never be undone: that you, @theresa_may, *chose* to make the lives of 3.7 million EU citizens at home in the UK collateral. In so doing you also made the lives of 1.3 million Britons in the EU collateral. 2/
You robbed 5 million people and their families of certainty with the choices you made. You were not pressured to make them. You wanted to make them. That much is certain too. 3/
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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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Today @The3Million are 900 days in limbo. That makes it 900 days too many! Faced with specific immediate threats, every day that passes causes more anxiety. #CitizensRights for #The5Million must be ring-fenced. Share your #My900DaysInLimbo story to help tell UK/EU leaders why. 1/
And please become an #EUcitizensChampion today to help make sure that no EU citizen is left behind because of Brexit. We cannot afford to place all our hopes in something that might happen in future: for EU citizens Brexit is already happening now. gofundme.com/eucitizenscham… 2/2
PS: Finally @BritishInEurope! I am so sorry for the delay, this was meant to come together with the clip for @The3Million this morning, but it wouldn't load. Our stories, collectively as those of #The5Million, are so important. And certainly a big part of #My900DaysInLimbo.
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Here it is. Huge news for us. We don’t have to damage ourselves just because we decided on this course. More analysis to follow. #Art50

Congratulations to the petitioners, lawyers & @GoodLawProject!
The Court gives short shrift to UK govt’s rather lame objections that this was a hypothetical question. The Court rules this is relevant by clarifying the options to MPs who must vote on whether to ratify the withdrawal agreement.
The Court also dismisses the Council/Commission’s arguments that agreement on revocation must be unanimous. That, says the Court, would be incompatible with the principle that a Member State cannot be forced to leave the Union against its will.
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1/ The Exiting the European Union Committee has released its latest report on the EU Withdrawal Agreement with concerns and recommendations for #citizensrights
publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cm…
2/ The Exiting the European Union Committee recommends that in addition to the digital document for Settled Status for EU citizens the Govt should also provide physical document.
3/ The Exiting the European Union Committee also raises concerns about the capacity of the Home Office to process 3.6m applications for Settled Status during the transition period.
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Today @DExEUgov published what it calls a policy paper on #citizensrights for @The3Million and @BritishInEurope in the event of #NoDeal. We have had to wait for this for far too long and, in a nutshell, this adds additional anxieties rather than help. gov.uk/government/pub… 1/
To understand the immediate concerns the paper raises, read this thread by @The3Million. I share all the concerns flagged there and emphasise the conclusions drawn. This is not good. 2/
In particular, I am concerned about this change from the Withdrawal Agreement in case of #NoDeal. This will impact people immediately because it is not what had, for nearly a year now, been promised. 3/
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1/ The UK Govt has finally published the #Nodeal Brexit preparedness notes on the #citizensrights for the 3.6m EU citizens in the UK. Here are our main concerns.
gov.uk/government/pub…
2/ According to points 7 & 8 #citizensrights will only be guaranteed for those resident/living in the UK on 29th of March 2019. What will happen to those who are currently studying or working on assignment abroad?
3/ the document lays out an exemption of the resident/living in the UK on March 29th condition for those who work cross border, frontier workers, who travel regularly in and out of the UK. But not for any other group.
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1/ Watch @maikebohn on @euronews talking about the concerns of EU citizens in the UK, the language used against them and our main ask: ring-fencing of the #citizensrights part of the Withdrawal Agreement whatever Brexit we will get

Video 1/4
2/ @maikebohn calling out Theresa May's #queuejumper rhetoric and the fact that EU citizens are seen mainly as an economic commodity and not as people.
"That makes me really sad" she concludes

Video 2/4
3/ @maikebohn reflecting the worries of many EU citizens who are torn about whether they should stay. Worried about general discrimination, worried about how the Govt will implement the promises made, and what will be happening in case of a no deal Brexit to our rights

Video 3/4
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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/ In October, together with the @RLA_News, we warned that the uncertainty over #citizensrights of the 3.6m EU citizens will lead to unlawful discrimination. Today we received one of those cases from one of our members
2/ @10LionYard letting agency limiting the acceptable forms of ID to:
▪️UK passport
▪️UK driving licence
▪️EU permanent residence document
Despite EU passport or ID card still being valid documents until at least the end of the Brexit transition period.
3/ The leaflet limiting the acceptable documentation down to just EU permanent residence document is also in direct contradiction of the Home Office advice on Right to Rent which @10LionYard also attached.
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1/ #citizensrights Fact Check:
Vote Leave promised EU citizens that they will be treated no less favourably than they are at present.

Now that we have a #BrexitDeal with the EU in form of the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) it is time to check whether Vote Leave told the truth.
2/ Free movement for British citizens living in the EU
The WA only protects rights for British in Europe in their country of residence, their continuing free movement rights have been taken away.
3/ Lifelong right of return for EU citizens in the UK
The WA only insists that rights may lapse after an absence of a minimum of 5 years, and the UK has chosen to use this minimum. Other member states may well do the same.
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.@theresa_may You really are the worst. This is *not* an apology for your #QueueJumper comments. In fact, it makes them worse: you are standing in Parliament lying about #citizensrights. You did not protect them, far from it: you are forcing us to *apply* if we want to stay. 1/
So your response is really just a doubling-down on your #QueueJumper comments. When you say that people want only those to come here who make a contribution, you are again implying that we did not. When you focus on nationality, you again don't say that FoM is reciprocal. 2/
So no, this is not an apology @theresa_may: it is adding yet another insult. It blows the dog-whistle yet again by making those implications. But thank you very much to @Dr_PhilippaW for the question: your husband is why I do what I do and will keep doing it. 3/3
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Here's the communication strategy on #citizensrights of most politicians:

1. Promise "automatic grant" of all exiting rights
2. Win the referendum and realise 1. is undeliverable
3. Promise "lives as before"
4. Rebrand. "Lives broadly as before"

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5. Hope no one reads legal texts and discover that rights are being lost in the process
6. They found out. Ok. PR time
7. Make sure all Government reps say on all media channels "#citizensrights are secured", including the PM. Avoid questions on specific concerns.

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8. Refuse to meet interest groups, including own British citizens in EU.
9. Send ministers to EU Embassy events and deliver the line: "We are so grateful for the contribution of (insert EU nationality) to the UK. We want you to stay and we secured your rights". Leave before Q&As.
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1/ Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI):
Many worried EU citizens have contacted us over the last 12 hours since the publication of the #WithdrawalAgreement. And yes Article 18 1(k) references to CSI as a requirement to qualify for the new residence status BUT...
2/...Comprehensive Sickness Insurance was already in the #citizensrights part of the draft #WithdrawalAgreement back in March 2018. Nothing has changed. The UK Govt has stated that for Settled Status holding CSI will not be tested and is NOT a requirement.
3/ This has since been confirmed by the Statement of Intent published in July 2018. Subsequent legislation and the application of it during the Settled Status trial phase have confirmed that CSI is not a requirement.
gov.uk/government/pub…
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Hope. I had hoped, @guyverhofstadt, that the EU meant something. That the people at its heart - those #The5Million of us who live the EU by exercising FoM - meant something. But today the EU (& UK) showed us that that we don't. #citizensrights are not protected and it is 1/
shameful that you are selling what has happened as a protection of our rights. It makes me angry and sad. I have repeatedly called on the EU to be better than the UK govt. Now I know that it is not. Negotiators from both sides have failed to protect what they have always 2/
claimed was their first priority. In the UK, this will mean the creation of a new #Windrush generation in EU citizens. Due to how settled status is planned to be implemented it will create eternal limbo for millions. Our British friends in the EU are set to lose a right that 3/
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1/ We are very proud to announce that the EU Londoners' Hub was launched by the Mayor of London yesterday, in partnership with the3million and @HereForGoodLaw to help EU citizens to navigate Settled Status and the process to secure their #citizensrights.
mailchi.mp/the3million/ne…
2/ While the Hub is a London Mayor initiative in partnership with the3million and @HereForGoodLaw for EU Londoners, the information is valid for all EU citizens in the UK, apart from the list of support organisations, which is specific to London.
3/ If you live outside London, we encourage you to contact the CEO of your local Council, or your elected mayor if you have one, to ask them to do the same in your local area. We have a team in place, ready to replicate the work with any local authority in the UK.
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1/ Let's talk EU citizens, #citizensrights uncertainty, Home Office, Settled Status outreach & money (and Govt profits from it). It's been 866 of EU citizens being left #inLimbo and the Home Office are already profiteering from this massively...
2/ Latest Home Office numbers show that the number of EU citizens taking British nationality has soared by almost 200% since the referendum. In the year ending June 2016 just over 15k EU citizens took British citizenship compared with over 44k in in the year ending June 2018.
3/ Taking British citizenship is not cheap. Currently £1,330 per adult & £1,012 per child. In 2017 the cost of processing the application to the Home Office was only £386. Blended this is generating a whopping profit margin of 68% to the Home Office.
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On Monday it was my privilege to again speak on Parliament Square, this time as part of #TheLastMile events. Here are two clips from my speech — parts of it are quite personal and that’s why the first bit comes with a little parental warning about c-bombs. 1/
In the end my demand though is clear: #citizensrights must be ring-fenced now because the uncertainty for #The5Million cannot continue. If you want to help EU citizens In the UK, please support my campaign by becoming an #EUcitizensChampion ➡️ gofundme.com/eucitizenscham… 2/
With many thanks to Geoffrey for filming and subtitling this — amazing and so much appreciated. 3/3
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1/ What is wrong with the British media? Yesterday @the3million held a mass lobby at Parliament with over 300 concerned EU citizens & @BritishInEurope protesting. The event was covered globally, but nothing, nada, zilch in the main UK media.
2/ I spoke to TV and Press from Austria, Germany & Japan. There were TV crews from Portugal, France & Spain. But where was the coverage by UK media?
3/ here is the main German broadcaster @DasErste covering our lobby at Parliament during the main evening news yesterday
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1/ Just a reminder - for the #citizensrights part of the EU/UK Withdrawal Agreement to be in place in March 2019 we need a Brexit deal. This map shows that there is no majority for any deal in Parliament. On March 29th, without extending Article 50, no-deal will be the default.
2/ This is why it is crucial now for the #citizensrights to be separated, ring-fenced, from the EU/UK Withdrawal Agreement to protect #The5Million EU citizens in the UK & @BritishInEurope whatever Brexit outcome.

You can help us today and over the coming weeks and here is how.
3/
A) Write to your MP and ask them to pledge to honour the #citizensrights agreement within the Article 50 whatever the outcome of Brexit.

It's as simple as putting your post code in here to start your message:
lastmile.the3million.org.uk
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1/ Only 2 days until our Mass Lobby at Parliament on Monday. And we are very excited.
Over 300 concerned citizens have registered to be there and a further 1,000 registered for our online e-Lobby.

You can still register here to be part of this great day:
eventbrite.co.uk/e/brexit-the-l…
2/ TV stations from Germany, Austria, Netherlands and from as far as Japan and Canada among others are covering the event on the ground.
We are also hoping to see British Media taking a similar interest in our #thelastmile Lobby at Parliament on Monday.
3/ Our Mass Lobby at UK Parliament on Monday is a great opportunity to listen to & meet: Dominic Grieve, @PaulBlomfieldMP, @EdwardJDavey, @CarolineLucas, @joannaccherry as well as @NicolasHatton, Jane Golding from @BritishInEurope & Dave Prentiss from @unisontweets
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Labour MP @SDoughtyMP's excellent summary of the issue around and real life impact to #citizensrights of the 3.6m EU citizens in case of no-deal Brexit despite unilateral guarantees & later Government 'clarification' on @carolinenokes's evidence statements
"The reality is with the #HostileEnvironment policy [...] we seen in the #Windrush case [...] people react in the most cautious way. Employers, landlords [...] don't want to run the risk of being prosecuted by the Home Office or border force" @SDoughtyMP says
"It's going to have an impact on people's lives. It already is. People are losing contracts, are already deciding to leave the UK because they are not sure what the system will be" @SDoughtyMP concludes on the uncertainty over #citizensrights caused by the Gvt's lack of clarity
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"Many of my friends and neighbours are European and I speak to them and see them daily. Every single one of us is very scared of what the future might bring." If you think it is wrong that EU citizens feel so scared, become an #EUcitizensChampion today. gofundme.com/eucitizenscham… 1/
The above is an extract from one of the now 92 emails and messages I have been sent since @carolinenokes's evidence at the Home Affairs Committee that caused such chaos, and that the Home Office now claims was wrong. Regardless of that, as the quote above shows, it has done 2/
real damage. The incompetent and shambolic way in which this government is handling #citizensrights must stop. EU citizens at home in the UK (and our British friends at home in another EU country) deserve to be treated fairly and with respect. 3/3
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Shadow Minister of State for Immigration @Afzal4Gorton letter to @carolinenokes accusing her of misleading Parliament during her Home Affairs Committee evidence session on Tuesday on #citizensrights for the 3.6m EU citizens in the UK in case of no-deal Brexit.
1/ "From this clarification, it is clear that you provided misleading evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee this week." @Afzal4Gorton writes to @carolinenokes
2/ "Either you wilfully misled Parliament, or as Immigration Minister you lack even the most basic level of understanding and knowledge of your own immigration policies" @Afzal4Gorton continues
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