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1. I'm angry! I've spent 2 years campaigning for rights, a fair franchise and to stop Brexit. I put everything I had into it. My group has always tried to be inclusive, to cooperate with other groups and we tried to campaign for everyone's rights, not just those of #The5Million.
2. Today I have never been more disheartened or closer to giving up altogether. Despite recent mh issues, I attended the grassroots conference in London today.
I've come away feeling completely disconnected from those I thought I was fighting alongside.
3. The audience were repeatedly told that the foremost priority is to fight for the rights of EU27 in the UK. Not #the5Million. UK in EU are ignored by politicians and media and by their own side. Again.
I'm going to think very carefully about what I do now.
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1. Since last Thursday I've seen quite a few tweets from people not only resigned to Brexit, but who are now advocating the hardest possible Brexit, so that those who voted for it finally understand or believe.
2. While I understand the logic and the emotion, it's not something I can personally endorse.
The thing is, I didn't fight brexit to protect remainers. I did it to protect everyone.
3. The consequences of leaving the EU are unavoidable. There's no need to wish worse on people.
Plus, as we've been saying for over 3 years, those who'll suffer most are those who already have so little.
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1. As Steve says, with few exceptions #the5Million were ignored by much of Official Remain. I was even told to stop campaigning for their rights by people on my own side, as it'd "damage the chances of Remain".
I can now publicly say what I've thought for years.
2. Not only was that treatment hurtful & divisive, it made campaigning more difficult & it was wrong.
We could've made the campaign much more personal & appealed to ppl on an emotional level. Instead we were effectively silenced. Imagine feeling thrown under the bus by both sides
3. People seem to be looking to people like me now to keep campaigning. What is the point when even most of my own side won't engage with one of the biggest issues in this: rights.
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1.On 12th Oct, a group of campaigners organised #R4OR to highlight the risk of Brexit to our rights. This is the 2nd part of all the speeches from that day.

We @FinalSayForAll work hard to show how #BrexitIsPersonal. If you wish to help, please donate at
2. Annelies @Liesebieke speaks about how limited the access to the NHS is for people with disabilities & how so many of them are paying for treatment themselves. Brexit will only make this worse for her, even make it life-threatening. #ROAR
3. Steve Bray @snb19692 spoke at #R4OR of how SODEM represents everyone, no matter how they voted, and even if they don’t realise it. How we need to understand what led us here & the need for PR. They're fighting for everyone’s rights & future.
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When have we/the media stopped asking the difficult questions and are we damaging our cause?
A thread…..1/ #WATON #GE2019
2/ The #GE2019 is fought over big issues aside from Brexit. It’s a great tactic, if you don’t forget Brexit…..which is what is happening. We are living a re-hash of 2017. The B-word is reduced to slogans on the right and #Cakeism on the left. Best avoided by the leaders.
3/ It is almost as if they are not pressed for detail because we cynically believe we already know the answer they will give. But that just deprives us of ways to make our case.
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I've thought long and hard about whether to write this thread and, tbh, I've tried my best not to, as I'm sure it will upset/anger some people. But I'm sure that I wouldn't be doing all I can for remain if I didn't. Please believe me this isn't personal.1/
While organising #R4OR I and the other organisers asked those attending to wear everyday clothes. While the tweet I wrote could perhaps have been worded better, I still think the request was reasonable. I also think that whatever the wording some ppl would have taken issue. 2/
We requested it because we felt the occasion needed to have a different atmosphere to other remain events. We identified who we hoped to target and concluded that the best way to do that was for people to wear everyday clothes. We shied away from requesting suits and ties etc 3/
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Get this, #BrexitBritain. Any withdrawal agreement means compromise; you will pay, you will give ground. You are humiliated before the world, because #Brexit is an admission you can’t handle real life, that scuttling back to the safety of the dull 1950s is all you can handle.
If I sound bitter and angry it’s because I am. Because I’m one of those being screwed over. One of those whose life was defined by being European, by using the freedom that was my right. Five million of us whose lives have been turned upside down. #The5Million
#Brexiters are afraid that we don’t respect their ‘democratic vote’. Damned right we don’t. The referendum was never democratic. How could it be? The majority of those directly affected by the result DIDN’T EVEN GET A VOTE. Think about that. Democracy? No. The tyranny of the mob.
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Migration controls threaten job shock to Bristol

75% of EU27 citizens, living Bristol region would be unable to work in the UK under proposals to come into affect in 2021.

Labour & Tories voted away the #SingleMarket & FoM.

Bristol would come to a grinding halt without our migrants.
It's affected both my doctor and dentist, both who have found it difficult to recruit when EU27 citizens leave.

This makes me so angry, even more so when most local MPs aren't interested.

Part of the issue I think is that MPs are just not interested enough to learn.

This is my MP, making the case for using the "profit" from migrant workers to contribute to towns which haven’t benefited from economic growth.


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1. As most of you know, we decided to organise when PV moved the date of their march. Our aim's always been to offer those who can't change their travel arrangements and those who can attend both a chance to protest on 12th Oct. The following's our plan.
2. We're focusing on the rights that all #66million plus #the5Million will lose due to Brexit. So the rally's taking place in locations we feel most relevant to the loss of rights:
The Home Office - Marsham Street
Tufton Street
European Parliament Office - St John's Smith Square
3. It's a static protest, though attendees can move between locations, if they wish.
There'll be speakers at each location, who will cover topics relevant to that particular location. Uniquely there'll also be an opportunity for ppl attending to have their say.
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It's 3am. I am awake at my family house I left many years ago exercising my right to travel freely across 28 countries. I am just visiting for few days but 2000 miles away from UK the reality of what we are doing to our country by inflicting Br**it madness hits.

How can any sane person even contemplate that it will be beneficial for anyone who isn't rich with vested interests in the chaos ensuing from "No Deal"

I am genuinely worried about the damage it will cause to everyone's lives. And I mean everyone: #the5million , British citizens who voted remain,those who didn't vote for various reasons, even those who voted leave whether they understood the consequences or not.

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To honour my t-shirt promise from last night I’m still going to have to find out who actually got @the3million crowdjustice fundraiser over the line. In the meantime, as some of you asked, the t-shirt is available from @DemarcationDSGN
There’s a hoodie too — sadly, @davidschneider is not included in the order but he sure has been an amazing #EUcitizensChampion!
Or, if you’re one of @the3million or @BritishInEurope you might also like this one — #The5Million is a slogan first coined by @nickynoo007 to capture how Brexit is personal for the two groups so immediately affected.
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I was looking at these beautiful peonies on my windowsill today and it got me thinking... 1/
I live in NL. The flowers were a gift from a neighbour. The 2nd bunch in 2 weeks. I don't have the heart to tell him that I'm allergic, because it's so lovely of him. Now contrast this kindness with what @the3million have to deal with in the UK. /2
Last week I voted in the EP elections. My polling card was automatically sent, no extra forms, no delays. At the polling station, I showed my polling card and id (compulsory for everyone here) and voted. I spent the rest of the day watching in horror as #DeniedMyVote unfolded. /3
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I'm no expert but this "new low" is mild compared to older lows in UK politics. I think that before we get outraged over the use of one slang anatomical word, we should first deal with some other more important lows. 1/
I'll make a start, but there are so many that I'll certainly forget some, so please chip in.
Hostile environment
Queue jumpers
Citizens of nowhere
Jeremy Hunt comparing Eu to Soviet Union
Questions during PMQs on buses not brexit 2/
Everything ever said by Johnson
Ditto for François
Ditto for Dorries
Ditto for McVey
Bailout Barry
MEP candidates making rape 'jokes'
Any Labour MP refering to 'cheap migrant workers'
Guisella Stuart campaigning to end EU migrants' rights 3/
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Tonight the #CostaAmendment was adopted as Govt policy. Huge thanks to @the3million & @BritishInEurope ... and of course to @AlbertoCostaMP! He gave a fantastic speech to those assembled and it was my privilege to meet him tonight. He made sure people are put before politics. 1/
Now the ball is in your court @eucopresident. We know you agree that @the3million & @BritishInEurope should be protected. So let’s finally make sure this happens no matter what. Let’s take #The5Million out of limbo and ring-fence the citizens’ rights agreement now. 2/
I will make the case for exactly that with representatives at the Bundestag in Germany in two week’s time. Those who live the EU through freedom of movement are the EU’s very heart. They must not be sacrificed on the Brexit altar. 3/
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.@BorisJohnson, you promised 3.6 million EU citizens at home in the UK that nothing would change for us; that our rights would be automatically guaranteed. Now we have to *apply* to even have a chance to stay and will get a special ID on a special register only for us. 1/
You tell me what that sort of system sounds like, and where we have seen the selective ID-ing of one group of people to place them on a special register before .... And let's not forget that Turkey poster. You helped unleash far right forces with your dog whistling. 2/
And EU citizens have to live with the fallout from that. So how about you support the Costa amendment this week? It would ensure citizens' right for #The5Million are ring-fenced. If you want to reject the far right, supporting this would be a good start. 3/3
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I recently attended a @the3million event and heard @AlbertoCostaMP's strong support for the rights of EU citizens at home in the UK. He has now put his words into action with an amendment to the motion being voted on in the House of Commons on 27 Feb. NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP! 1/
Such ring-fencing would finally give certainty to #The5Million. Mr Costa has a lot of cross-party support already, and @the3million & @BritishInEurope are writing to every MP to ask for their support - to increase the chances of the Speaker selecting this amendment next week. 2/
However, it will make much more impact if MPs receive emails from their own constituents - that is why we need your help. Please write! Here is a really easy-to-use website for doing so: 3/
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So @peoplesvote_uk here’s a question:
- Will you give EU citizens at home in the UK a platform this time?
- Will you again *choose* to exclude us like you did the last two times?
➡️ Ultimately, the question is simple: are we part of this country, or are we not? Your call.
PS: EU citizens have been manning remain stalls for 2+ years; we are, together with our British friends in EU countries, those most affected by Brexit already. So if a supposedly pro-EU March again chooses to exclude us — it would send the most devastating message. 1/
Organisers should think carefully about that. Is that really a message you want to keep sending? Apart from that it’s self-defeating to silence us: FoM/migration delivered the EUref result. Nothing can be gained by repeating the tactics of 2016. 2/
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"Since the referendum, Giulia @GiuliaSavini1 has felt scared when walking through the town she's made her home. She's even been called a ""another f***ing immigrant"". #BrexitIsPersonal /1"
If that is not the sort of country you'd like the UK to be, it's not too late to change course. Stand up with us and millions of others in demanding a #PeoplesVote with a #FinalsayForAll Watch Giulia's full film and see why, for her, #BrexitIsPersonal /2
At @FinalSayForAll, we fight for the rights of #The5Million disenfranchised citizens. We’ve filmed and collected many moving stories about the personal impacts of Brexit. Our aim is to disseminate them, especially to those who can bring about change. /3
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Howard talks about his Dutch brother-in-law who’s lived & worked in the UK for 35 yrs and feels the referendum has removed his identity. Howard has seen the huge emotional impact this has had on him, and also on a friend who’s lived here for over 40 yrs. #BrexitIsPersonal /1
If you agree with Howard that this is wrong, it's not too late to change course. Stand up with us and millions of others in demanding a #PeoplesVote with a #FinalsayForAll Watch Howard's full film and see why, for him, #BrexitIsPersonal /2
At @FinalSayForAll, we fight for the rights of #The5Million disenfranchised citizens. We’ve filmed and collected many moving stories about the personal impacts of Brexit. Our aim is to disseminate them, especially to those who can bring about change. /3
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On Monday #SettledStatus will open for all of us @the3million in the UK (well, those who have a newer Android phone). It’s still a “test phase”, testing the system that will be used to force all of us to apply to pay to stay. The system is nothing like what we were promised. 1/
The system also does not allow us to live our lives as before even though @theresa_may has been telling us that all this time. 2/
She wasn’t on her own. Here is @BorisJohnson also stating clearly that rights will be protected “whatever happens”. That is not true. No-deal poses a serious threat and could mean that 3.6 million people, people like me, have no immigration status overnight. 3/
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.@theresa_may makes 2 assurances.
1️⃣ A flimsy one for the House of Commons.
2️⃣ And one to Leave voters.
That was it.
Millions of British people and all of us #The5Million — we do not matter to the Primer Minister. Not. One. Single. Bit. It’s a disgrace. 1/
That said, this historic loss must mean the end of May as Prime Minister. But the no confidence motion from an opposition leader who also supports Brexit only provides limited hope. This cannot just be resolved with replacing Prime Ministers nor with a GE where both main 2/
parties run on a pro-Brexit ticket. The same is true for a #PeoplesVote that still excludes those who are already the most severely affected. There is no straightforward way out of this mess, not least because the leaders of both main parties continue to lie to voters daily. 3/
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John @john196201 explains how Brexit's already had an impact on his dental practice. Working ethically, along with the fall in the pound, means he's already taken a huge financial hit. He fears far worse is to come, as vital medical supplies become scarcer. #BrexitIsPersonal /1
If this worries you too, it's not too late to change course. Stand up with us and millions of others in demanding a #PeoplesVote with a #FinalsayForAll
Watch John's full film and see why, for him, #BrexitIsPersonal /2
At @FinalSayForAll, we fight for the rights of #The5Million disenfranchised citizens. We’ve filmed and collected many moving stories about the personal impacts of Brexit. Our aim is to disseminate them, especially to those who can bring about change. /3
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David voted to leave the EU but now regrets it. #BrexitIsPersonal for him because he's had to reassess his beliefs. He’s always felt politics should be about looking after individuals, but feels that the whole Brexit process has not done that. He now wants a #FinalSayForAll /1
If you agree with David, it's not too late to change course. Stand up with us and millions of others in demanding a #PeoplesVote with a #FinalsayForAll
Watch David's full film and see why, for him, #BrexitIsPersonal /2
At @FinalSayForAll, we fight for the rights of #The5Million disenfranchised citizens. We’ve filmed and collected many moving stories about the personal impacts of Brexit. Our aim is to disseminate them, especially to those who can bring about change. /3
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It was only yesterday that I said that the majority of people have still not understood how much damage Brexit has already done, particularly to #The5Million. Thinking of that makes me angry when I then see that some, like @ViSpring, see Brexit as an advertisement opportunity. 1/
That is questionable in any case, I think. But considering the number of accounts of sleepless nights triggered by anxiety etc that stems from Brexit uncertainty, this ad is particularly ignorant of the reality that Brexit has already caused so many people a lot of harm. 2/
The EU citizen who spotted this ad cried when she saw it. Sadly, I am not surprised by that. But it serves as a tragic and sad illustration of what we have come to. Faced with having to apply to stay in our home, many people - sometimes even family and friends - still fail to 3/
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