Brexpats - Hear Our Voice, (BHOV), is a pro-EU group, campaigning for the preservation of rights of British nationals in the EU. We also support EU citizens in the UK. Our Facebook group members, currently around 2000, are primarily British in the EU but also EU nationals in the UK and we place a high value on working together. Although we face different issues, we are two groups living in a prolonged state of limbo, which has been forced upon us and we provide support to our members to help them get through these unprecedented difficult times.
BHOV was founded shortly after the shock result of the referendum by Debbie Williams, a British national resident in Spain. She was spurred into action by the total lack of any safeguards in place to protect our rights. In recognition of our work, Debbie and BHOV received a European Citizen's Prize in 2017 from the European Parliament.
Our team of volunteers have a wealth of experience and skills between them, as well as a common conviction that leaving the EU would be a grave error, harming society, its economy and individuals. In the event of the UK going through with leaving the EU, we are working hard to minimise the damage to citizens whose lives have been put on hold.
Currently our main purpose is to:
· raise awareness of the complexities of Citizens’ Rights issues
· ensure all our rights as EU citizens are maintained and fully protected
· disseminate information and provide a support network the BHOV community
We do this through our main activities:
· extensive lobbying, often involving our members
· engaging in dialogue with UK/EU parliamentarians, committees and embassies
· working closely with other groups representing citizens
If you are a British national in the EU, an EU national in the UK or are indeed affected by Brexit anywhere and would like to be actively involved and have the moral support of a group, join our closed Facebook group Brexpats - Hear Our Voice, follow our Brexpats - Hear Our Voice Facebook page or you can also follow us on Twitter here