We want an #EUGreenCard - a Green Card for Europe!
The #EUGREENCARD is a ground-breaking proposal, currently under consideration by the European Parliament and which has been looked at by the Home Office and which offers a solution to the 3 biggest questions facing #the5Million EU27 citizens in the UK and Britons in the EU post-Brexit.
European Green Card proposed as solution
Q1 How can EU27 citizens in the UK prove they have 'settled status' in real life situations?
An #EUGREENCARD would provide a physical proof of 'settled status'. Settled status is a digital marker and the system can not be accessed from an iPhone, for example. A Green Card should be issued to every EU27 citizen in the UK with settled status so that they can prove that they have the same rights to equal treatment as they had before. A typical situation might involve an EU27 citizen applying for a job or trying to rent a property and being questioned by the employer or the letting agent about their immigration status. The introduction of the card would be accompanied by a publicly funded awareness raising campaign.
Q2 How can Britons in the EU keep their right to free movement?
An #EUGREENCARD would guarantee the right of Britons resident in one EU member state to be able to work, love, live, study, marry or retire in any other member state, in other words to freedom of movement . To obtain an #EUGREENCARD, British citizens would need a permanent residency card of an EU member state. The #EUGREENCARD will then give them the equivalent status and the same rights as an EU national of one member state who lives and/or works in another EU member state. So for example a British software engineer who lives in Lyon would be able to take a job and move to Madrid without having to apply for a new residency status and permission to work in Spain.
Q3 What happens it there is no Brexit deal?
An #EUGREENCARD could be issued whether or not there is a Brexit deal. This is because the #EUGreenCard is neither an ID card nor a residency document but a proof of status. The British Government has said that EU27citizens will be given unilateral guarantees of their #rightostay even if there is no #Brexit deal. The European Commission has asked EU member states to consider making a similar unilateral guarantee to British residents if the UK leaves the EU in such circumstances. Eligibility for the Green Card will depend on the card-holder having permanent residency in one EU member state, whether or not that right is secured multi-laterally through the Withdrawal agreement or unilaterally by individual member states.
Next steps in the campaign
The next three months are critical time because the ratification process of the Withdrawal Agreement in the UK and European parliaments provides the best opportunity to campaign for a commitment to the #EUGreenCard.
As explained above, the #EUGreenCard does not depend on there being a Brexit deal. However, pointing to the shortcomings in the Withdrawal Agreement helps to make the case even more strongly for a Green Card for Europe.
The European Parliament has made a commitment to protect the free movement rights of Britons in Europe and recognises the shortcomings of the 'settled status' scheme.
However, the Brexit Deal does not guarantee the free movement rights of Britons in the EU. The agreement also fails to provide for EU27 citizens in the UK to be given a physical proof of their 'settled status' by the Home Office.
There is a significant risk that the UK will leave the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement.
Whether the UK leaves the EU with a deal or without a deal, it is vital that the European Commission is called on to bring forward a legislative proposal as soon as possible. it will take time to prepare for the introduction of an #EUGREENCARD along the lines we are proposing and do the sooner the Commission starts to plan for this the better.
The appropriate committee to call for such a measure is the Constitutional Affairs Committee, chaired by Danuta Hübner MEP, the former European Commissioner for Regional Affairs.
Danuta Hübner MEP (below) has already announced that she intends to call Roger Casale to give evidence to the Committee about the Green card proposal on behalf of New Europeans.
It is expected that this evidence session will take place in February.
Your donation will help make sure we prepare for the hearing in the best way. That means briefing the other members of the Constitutional Affairs Committee and also the Brexit Steering Group in the European Parliament with whom we have been in regular contact.
We also need to continue to work with the European Commission and the Home Office to build up support and to create a consensus on the detailed arrangements for what we hope will become the first pilot of an #EUGREENCARD scheme.
Our advocacy campaign is backed up by a public mobilisation of support through our change.org petition which has over 50k signatures.
We need your support to help us take the petition to over the 100k threshold which will make an even greater impact given that there are elections in May to the European Parliament
People are suffering unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety due to the uncertainty.
Your support will give hope to the 5Million people whose lives have been thrown into limbo by Brexit and give New Europeans the resources we need to campaign for this outcome and to secure a result.
About New Europeans
New Europeans is an award-winning pro-European civil rights organisation which campaigns for the rights of EU27 citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe.
In January 2017 we were awarded the Financial Times Future of Britain Award for a Green Card for Europe proposal and in March of the same year we were awarded theSheila McKechnie Foundation People's Choice Award following a public vote for our #RightToStay campign.
We have won two further awards in 2018 outside the UK, including the Schwarzkopf Foundation Europe Award and the CIDAN/ESDA Award for our role in promoting European citizenship and human rights in Europe.
Roger Casale is a former Labour MP and the founder and CEO of New Europeans.
More information on the New Europeans website .
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And remember to write to Guy Verhofstadt MEP, Danuta Huebner MEP and Claude Moraes MEP if you have not yet done so - more details on the next update.
Have a great Sunday - we will continue to keep you posted.
Founder and CEO
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