We are now coming to the point where we need to establish the3million as a civil rights movement which will create awareness and pressure the government to grant the right to stay for all EU citizens in the UK.
Can you imagine how it feels not knowing whether you or your family will be able to stay with you after 2019? Under what conditions? The anguish and despair that many families face are putting an unwarranted strain on them driving wedges between them and their communities.
How can you create a future for your children if you don’t know what the future holds, will your family be torn apart? Will your children be forced to live in a country they don’t know, away from their friends and social connections?
In the coming months, the3million will formalise and as a charity. We’ll still continue with our lobbying activities to ensure that EU citizen’s rights are protected in the UK, but we’ll also be providing community outreach and advice.
We represent three million EU citizens here who are being used as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations. We represent their friends, families and co-workers who are affected by the Brexit process.
We are asking you to donate as much as you can to take the3million to the next chapter and help cement our future so we can fight for the rights of all EU citizens in the UK and help us to support local communities.
The Story so Far
Since the Brexit referendum in 2016, we have achieved a great deal with the limited resources at hand.
The Near Future
Our next step is to establish the charity and become a force of change. We need £50,000 to help establish the3million, set-up the charity, office, media campaigns, research, outreach, promotion and advertising. This will also allow up to employ two amazing campaigners for a few days a week to focus on our goals and promote the message of the3million. In addition, this will support the dedicated team of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make this dream a reality. Please donate what you can and encourage your friends and family to donate for a better and brighter future.
We need your donations today, there is still a long way to go before the 3 million EU citizens are safe to continue to live their lives normally. The3million needs to raise £50,000 in the next three months to continue to fight for all EU citizens. In these three months, we will set up a charity to continue the good work so no one is left behind or excluded in 2019. Please give today so the UK will still be their home in 2019, and we can create a stronger society through unity.
How will the Money be Spent
Main Target £50,000
Stretch Target One - £78,000
Stretch Target Two - £103,500
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After 10 months of campaigning, we are now at a turning point and I am contacting you to donate again if you can afford it so we can continue the good work over the next two years and beyond by kickstarting a charity.
Thanks to your donations, our campaign has won the moral argument and the British public despise the fact that their Government is using us as bargaining chips Only 11% of them do not want to give us guarantee according a poll published by Sky this week.
However, there is a monumental task ahead. When our rights are guaranteed during the negotiations, the countdown will start for 3 million people to claim their rights of residence with the Home Office and we will only feel satisfied when all EU citizens can safely feel that they can continue to live their lives as normal after Brexit.
To do that, we're setting up the3million as a charity as we want to be in a position to make sure that everyone can stay, whatever their personal circumstances are. To quote Pope Francis, "the only future worth building includes everyone".
Please donate today if you can.
Nicolas Hatton, co-chair of the3million
Note: we expect the charity to be up and running in June. All donors will be offered to have a special mention to thank you for your contribution.
What your donations have achieved:
Since last year, your donations have enabled the3million to create a voice for the 3 million EU citizens living in the UK. We are not the only organisation out there but thanks to you, we ran the most successful media campaign since the referendum (I am not a bargaining chip) and we have forced the issue by relentlessly networking and talking to the kind of people we thought we would never meet face to face. Without your donations, the3million would not have been able to meet Michel Barnier in Brussels or organise the mass lobby of Parliament or reach out to millions by producing videos which have been shown around the world on broadcast channels such as CNN and Al Jazeera.
Dear fellow EU citizen,
Your donations are making a difference as it has funded the very first mass lobby by EU citizens of the UK Parliament.
Over 2,000 of us have registered to be part of the lobby tomorrow and it's the first time EU citizens from the 28 member states will officially work together as a group to demand that our rights are guaranteed ahead of triggering article 50.
This precarious situation is simply not acceptable and our dealings with the Home Office Kafkaesque so I encourage all of you to make you voice heard tomorrow, whether in presence in Westminster or over the social networks using the hashtag #RightToStay
In Westminster, we will be welcoming you in the library of the Methodist Hall (directions) from 11.30am, with short speeches at 12.30pm, a photo-op at 1pm, before the mass lobby at 2.30pm. There will be a Bargaining Chip photo booth and stands from the3million, New Europeans, UNISON, Migrants Voice and Migrant Rights Network.
We will continue to welcome lobbyists in the Hall up to 4pm. If your appointment is later, please make your way to Parliament directly but please bear in mind it could take up to 45 minutes to go through security (planning your visit).
If your MP hasn't responded to your request for an appointment, we will take to Parliament where you will be able to send a request through the 'green card' system.
It's all explained in our briefing note at https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2017/02/Lobby-briefing.pdf
I agree with many comments posted on social media last night that mobilising people to write to their MP has a demoralising effect after loosing such an important vote but we must be proud of our joint effort yesterday as this has done something.
We got Theresa May very worried that she would loose the vote over our #RightToStay and stain her dear Article 50 bill. Well done everyone. You are magnificent!
This is a true achievement we share with all other organisations who campaigned for our rights, namely New Europeans, British Future, Hope not Hate, Migrants Voice, One Day Without Us, UNISON, Scientist in the EU, RIFT, Fair Deal for Expats, ECREU, Bremain, Britain for Europe etc (apology for not naming everyone here… you know who you are)
Because of you, Theresa May had to use covert tactics and threw her Home Secretary Amber Rudd to the front line to prevent rebel Tory MPs inflicting a bruising defeat to the Government.
Thanks to Ed Vasey, we learnt in yesterday’s debate that Amber Rudd sent a secret letter to all Tory MPs, which de facto removed any possibility of any amendments by the opposition to go through by promising a vote on the future immigration bill. Basically, she made a deal. You stick to the party line and we grant you to vote on the future status of EU citizens post-Brexit.
You can read the (not so secret) letter at:
So you can all be very proud because the top of the state got scared and it shows they know we have a strong support amongst the public, MPs (despite the vote) and peers.
Having said that, I don’t think we can say the Government has conceded. They’ve only confirmed what we already know: there will be a new immigration bill in Parliament in the future, which will determine our future status in a post-Brexit Britain.
So I’m afraid we’re still bound to become Bargaining chips on 9 March when article 50 is triggered if nothing changes.
The fight continues and this is our strategy at the3million:
Firstly, we want our #RightToStay to be granted unconditionally and unilaterally as soon as possible and this will be on main message at the mass lobby on Monday 20 February with New Europeans and UNISON (please register at www.the3million.org.uk/masslobby if you haven’t do so).
(We will also work to get a new drafted amendment through the House of Lords, in coordination with the leading organisations of UK citizens in the EU and we will also support Tom Brake MP’s private member bill to protect our rights on 24 March.)
Secondly, we want an urgent reform to the PR process so everyone can register to stay after Brexit, including those with less than 5 years of residence or who haven’t qualify due to the hostile rules created by the Home Office since 2010 (sign and share the petition https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/172343)
Thirdly, we want what Amber Rudd promised today but no doubt the devil will be in the details…
To conclude, I only have final thing to say:
You have been magnificent this week so keep your spirit up. If we can sustain the pressure, we won’t be defeated.
PS: Please donate again if you can to sustain the campaign until we set the3million as a charity and seek long term funding
(if you have any experience in setting up a charity, please message me)
I can honestly say that we at the3million wouldn't have managed to do as much in so little time without your generous donations.
Our next event is the mass lobby in Westminster on Monday 20 February. With you, we will try to convince a majority of MPs that it will only take a little bit of political courage to support the right amendment to article 50 and release the pressure for the 3 million Europeans who have come in good faith and are being taken hostage by Theresa May in the name of Brexit.
This is possibly the most important event for EU citizens to attend in 2017.
Thank you and kind regards,
Co-chair of the3million
Thank you for this and I will make a donation soon after posting this comment just to say that along the 3 millions EU citizens in the UK, there are several thousands non-EEA family members who should enjoy the same rights which are already denied as non-EEA family members or EU citizens can't, for instance, use the online application form for PR along other unjustified restrictions.
Many UK citizens were not allowed to vote in the Brexit referendum which will result in removal of their rights as citizens of, and residents in, the EU. "UK citizens resident overseas will also be eligible to vote, provided they have been registered to vote at a UK address in the last 15 years." https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/eu-referendum/about#who-can-vote-in-the-referendum By corollary, many British passport holding UK citizens (myself included) who have resided in the EU for more than 15 years were not eligible to vote in the referendum. I tried to register but was not allowed under the 15 year rule. EU/UK citizens who have been disenfranchised in this way by their own government have been contributing to the economy and culture of their European countries of residence and to the EU for 15 years or more, by working, paying taxes, buying homes and contributing to national, European and local communities and culture. EU resident UK citizens who were eligible to vote are also about to be stripped of their rights as citizens of Europe. I implore the EU to acknowledge and support the contribution of UK citizens to the European project by offering full EU citizenship and rights to UK citizens residing in the EU. An reciproal arrangements for EU citizens resident in the UK. Good luck with the campaign, @the3million!