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Prof Tanja Bueltmann @cliodiaspora
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For 850+ days, dear UK, you have either treated us EU citizens like garbage, or, on the whole, watched in silence as we have been treated like garbage. Today this culminated in @carolinenokes telling us that, if there is no deal, we will have to prove our right to work here. 1/
Prove it at a point when the vast majority of us will not be able to do so should it be necessary. Not only that, @carolinenokes: you even had the audacity to openly say that ‘this proves an enormous challenge’ for those of us EU citizens at home here. That is deplorable. 2/
Deplorable because it is a challenge that this govt created. Deliberately. If this happens then there will be discrimination, especially as this is likely to apply not only to the right to work, but also other rights, e.g. the right to rent; to hold a bank account etc. 3/
There is a serious and very real existential threat here now for all of us EU citizens - we could even lose our jobs if this is applied to existing employment and we are unable to prove our status. There is no way I can put into words how this makes me feel today. 4/
I honestly did not think possible that the govt could sink lower still. This is the most serious escalation yet, and a further evidence of the extension of the #HostileEnvironment to EU citizens. Considering that this is happening *before* Brexit is profoundly worrying. 5/
And please remember that these very immediate threats are all *on top of* the general Brexit threats that everyone is having to deal with. For us today basically said: Kindly stockpile your food and medicine … and then come up with some way to evidence you have rights here. 6/
Because of the hair-raising incompetence and ignorance @carolinenokes showed today, we now also know for certain that this govt has no intention to help us. Instead of providing certainty, the very by public confirmation that they simply have no idea what they are doing, 7/
and that there will not be a solution in time for a problem they deliberately created in the first place, basically sanctions the discrimination of a specific group of people. The scale of this is monumental as it applies to millions of EU citizens. 8/
But while the govt continues to go down this very dark road, the biggest issue remains that, to this day, there is no real public outcry over this. To this day we get told "but you will be fine" - even though every single piece of evidence says otherwise very, very clearly. 9/
So this is the last chance you have, UK, to take a different route. At a minimum, those of you who say they do care can still take a different route now. So please do the one thing you can all do: become an #EUcitizensChampion. It is not difficult and it does not take much. 10/
We need at least £100,000 for @The3Million asap so that no EU citizen is left behind. I have raised £18,000 so far. That simply is not enough. So please make a donation to help us. We will not just 'be fine'; EU citizens are already not fine. gofundme.com/eucitizenscham… 11/11
*provokes an enormous challenge .... So sorry to have misquoted you @carolinenokes - of course I am happy to correct that publicly. Not least because 'provokes' is even worse in this context here than 'proves'.
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