British Nationals in EU Left Hanging Again

We fully endorse British in Europe and the3million’s demand today for “an immediate end to the crippling legal uncertainty in the wake of an agreed extension to... ...31 October 2019”. Business aside, there needs to be more awareness of how this affects people. Every week has been bringing us new worries since our lives were turned upside down, astonishingly close to three years ago. This week of no deal?, short extension?, long extension?... has been one of the worst. How much more of hanging over the abyss, living with uncertainty do they think people can take? We will not forget the significant number of Conservative MPs who were prepared for 5 million “displaced” people, that is EUinUK and UKinEU citizens, to have their rights flung out from the protection of international treaties. There is no definitive consensus to ring-fence rights, in spite of all the right noises being made and the support for the Costa Amendment. No deal would send us into free fall with 28+ different parachutes, none of which are made to exactly the same specification. Each member state has its own “no deal” legislation. Importantly, governments of the day or future governments can alter this legislation. In the UK, it is a matter of secondary legislation, amendable without consultation. So please stop telling our EU counterparts, and us, that “everything will be fine”…

This is a quote taken from BHOV’s response with regards to a further extension of Article 50.

You can read our response in full here:


More BHOV documents can be found on the ‘Our Documents’ page:

That's Democracy

Against the noise of the ‘will of the people’ we need to be heard too. Many of us had no say in the 2016 referendum but we exercise our right to do so now by expressing what democracy means to us.

We put the question of ‘what is democracy?’ to our members. Here are their answers. Real people speaking about the subject of democracy.

Public Address to the Portuguese Government’s EU Parliamentary Commission

Our BHOV team member Tig was invited to speak at a meeting of the Portuguese Government’s EU Parliamentary Committee on 26 March 2019.

“…My name is Tig James and I am the co-President of British in Portugal. British in Portugal represents the approximately 60,000 British citizens believed to be living in Portugal and is affiliated to, and works closely with a number of other groups across Europe. These groups include, British in Europe, Brexpats Hear Our Voice and, most importantly at this time, Conselho Das Comunidades. Conselho das Comunidades, as I am sure you are aware, is a group based in the UK acting on behalf of the 400,000 Portuguese citizens currently resident in the UK and Ireland.

As the Brexit process gained momentum, the role of these groups has grown, not only in Portugal, but in the EU27 Member States. Consequently, this role is now recognised within the various institutions of the European Union and its Parliament. During this growth, various leading voices from the European Union, the UK and Portugal have made a number of statements regarding British and EU citizens and their rights. Michel Barnier maintained citizens rights should not be watered down, whilst Theresa May insisted EU citizens rights in the UK would be such that they could carry on their lives as before and the Portuguese Government, has told British Citizens, to ‘keep calm and carry on.’…”

This is a small quote taken from Tig’s speech. You can read her speech in full here:

The entire meeting was shown on the Portuguese Government’s Parliamentary channel. Tig’s speech starts 19 minutes into the recording and you can watch it by pressing on the button below:

It goes without saying that Tig prepared a wonderful speech and delivered it perfectly! She did us all proud, especially British citizens living in Portugal and Portuguese citizens living in the UK. Well done Tig!

Dear Europe

As we reached 1000 days on from the June 2016 referendum result, we asked our members if they would like to write an open letter to Europe. These letters contain their thoughts and feelings, both on Europe and on living there.

Here are a selection of the letters received:

European Citizens Prize 2017


In June 2017, we were delighted and honoured to be awarded the European Citizen's Prize 2017.

Thank you to Jean Lambert MEP for the nomination and to the EU for the recognition.

And of course to everybody who has contributed to Brexpats HOV and has helped us secure this award.

The Campaign For Europe blog provides additional information about this award. This can be accessed here.


The Medal was awarded to Debbie Williams by Eduard Slootweg on behalf of the European Parliament. There were 20 attendees from BHOV.


Dutch MEP Eduard Slootweg congratulated Debbie and the Group as he presented the medal.



The outstanding group of people who have worked together so hard to achieve this, and the two younger members who gave their testimonies.



BHOV were nominated for the award by Jean Lambert. Sadly she was unable to attend, so the video below is her message for the ceremony.