OUR MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE
Case studies of young people created. We asked young people, as well as parents and grandparents, to express their concerns for the future, if Brexit goes ahead with or without a deal. The report contains the concerns of real people, indicating their nationality and country of residence. The implications for wider society are enormous. There are many important issues which need to be addressed or there will be damaging consequences.
Meeting with British Ambassador to France in Paris.
Meeting in Portugal with Ambassador, Consul and DExEU Citizens’ Rights lead.
London Peoples’ Vote march. An estimated 700,000 people took part in a peaceful pro-EU march in London with many members attending.
In Limbo presentation to European Parliament.
There were eight MEPs and 23 MEP assistants in attendance, and at least five from the European Commission and the Vice President of the European Parliament was there too. Thanks to Seb Dance, Molly Scott Cato and Jean Lambert (and their teams) for supporting and helping us organise the event. It was a resounding success, we felt the atmosphere in room shift as soon as we started, whist the topic is heart-breaking and the testimonies incredibly moving, we felt the message that Brexit has a human cost was delivered and decision makers need to take notice.
‘Our Loss’ - EU benefits study created, summing up many of our views from across Europe:
Showing the range and scale of some of the benefits of being a member of the EU.
Sharing the deep concerns of those who will perhaps be most directly affected, by showing what they are likely to lose, in whole or in part.
The study was sent to all MPs and MEPs.
Meeting with DExEU Minister Robin Walker and British Ambassador to France, Lord Llewellyn in Paris, where we were able to put our questions and provide feedback from our members of the severe difficulties presented by Brexit.
Case studies of vulnerable people created. A snapshot of how diverse people's situations are and the very real worries they have. Over the weekend of 1/2 Sep 2018, members were asked to submit details, anonymously, if they felt they could be particularly adversely affected by Brexit for reasons such as work/residency/health issues, financial hardship etc. The study has been shared with embassies, the press and decision makers.
Position Paper created, specifying our position on the “Peoples’ Vote”, taking account of democratic, constitutional and political considerations, with a commitment to regularly review the situation as the political situation changes.
Meeting with British Ambassador in Italy and presentation of In Limbo Too.
London Peoples’ Vote march. An estimated 100,000 people took part in a pro-EU march in London with many members attending.
Publication of In Limbo Too.
Outreach meeting with Lord Llewellyn in Limoges attended, at which 44 members questions were submitted, followed by a further 135. No specific replies have been received, only broad generalisations.
Appeal conducted in the Amsterdam case questioning the inalienability of EU citizenship.
Stichting AGM held in Den Haag, presenting a rare opportunity for the BHOV team to physically meet!
Both BHOV and Debbie Williams were plaintiffs in the Amsterdam case questioning the inalienability of EU citizenship.
‘Brexit Abbreviations and Definitions’ document created, containing terms and expressions found in Brexit documents and discussions.
Creation of ‘Stichting Brexpats – Hear our Voice’, a Dutch foundation providing a legal platform for various group activities.
EU Award for work on citizens’ rights, following nomination by Jean Lambert MEP.
BHOV were awarded the European Citizen’s Prize for 2017 for exceptional achievement and outstanding commitment in the following areas:
Activities promoting better mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens of the Member States or facilitating cross-border or transnational cooperation within the European Union.
Activities involving long-term, cross-border or transnational cultural cooperation contributing to the strengthening of a European spirit.
Projects linked to the current European Year.
Activities giving concrete expression to the values enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
‘Alternative Facts Database’ created, containing over 100 instances of government ministers’ exaggerations, mis-speaking, and downright lies, often with links to video evidence.
Survey of BHOV members links with the UK with family, friends, financial, savings, property, business, goods and services.
Great Repeal Bill Action Force led by a small team from BHOV
‘Running commentary’ commenced, containing 2500 entries. When Theresa May refused to give a running commentary on the progress of Brexit negotiations, BHOV decided to keep members informed!
Brexpats – Hear our Voice mentioned in the 2nd report published by the Exiting the EU Committee
The group collaborated with RIFT on their written evidence (BMP0011) to the House LORDS - European Union Committee - 14th Report of Session 2016–17
London ‘Unite for Europe’ march, attended by many members.
British in Europe (BiE) created - BHOV joined as a core member group
Red Line Project Plan created
Letter to Peers with a template for members to use.
The group was a co signatory, involved in providing feedback and distribution of the "Alternative White Paper" which is saved in files. Coverage so far in the Guardian and Olive press.
BHOV signed “the Pledge” for the 3 million, which was handed to the Prime Ministers Office. Coverage by many media outlets.
Concerted Plea video completed and distributed to all politicians. RIFT and BHOV shared the distribution.
‘What is Freedom of Movement?’ Forum Research. Research was carried out to establish what Freedom of Movement means to UK Citizens living in the EU. The report was based on research collated from members of the Brexpats – Hear our Voice and RIFT (Remain in France Together).
Debra Williams presented the content of this document in person on Friday 11 November 2016 in London at a Forum hosted by Jean Lambert MEP.
The House of Commons Select Committee for exiting the EU inquiry was held in London. BHOV were part of the oral evidence session.
The Guardian Newspaper ran a story on the above and an interview with radio 4 happened but not broadcast to date.
Created a new small secret working/action group.
Graham Clark came up with the concerted plea video concept and started work on it.
Pam Wallace became our petiton coordinator and at least one of the petitions broke the 10000-signature mark by having a plan for promotion.
BHOV was involved in sending “Christmas Cards” to UK Cabinet Ministers.
We became an affiliated group of New Europeans
We were invited to participate in the Brexit Communication Board and Brits in Europe. Weekly conference calls are held.
Attended and presented at the Green Party Forum the Freedom of Movement Research. Met many interesting people and organisations, namely Nicolas Hatton of the 3 million and Roger Casale of New Europeans.
The video was released and shared, which just captured “snapshot” of the feeling from the Forum.
Submitted and had a question answered from the group to Martin Schulz the then EP President at a live online Q&A webinar.
Invite received (and accepted) from Jean Lambert MEP to speak at a Forum on Freedom of Movement in London on 11th November 2016.
Research on Freedom of Movement conducted during this month. Questions asked of BHOV and RIFT members.
MP email campaign – the first of many!
Written evidence was submitted to the British Future inquiry and their report, which has recently been published, is saved in files.
An invite to speak in person with Jean Lambert MEP at the EP was received and conducted. A very productive meeting ensued, which has resulted in a continuing relationship.
Conference calls, relationship building with other groups, some group members left, more joined. Became more involved in other group projects as co signatories.
Creation of contacts list with media, MPs, Peers, and key organisations
The original letter was redistributed (shortened and slightly adapted) to all recipients as stated above but also the new DExEU, Cabinet Ministers and some EU Commissioners.
Some great responses from UK and EU MEPs, significantly Jean Lambert MEP.
Replies from some Cabinet Ministers and one from a EU Commissioner but no significant information included.
So many new connections made during this month. Online and offline groups linked up, sharing information and news. Significantly we became a member of the Cohub Network and our partnership began with our sister group “RIFT”.
Many research projects; surveys and polls conducted this month. Most of which are recorded in files.
The group as a collective, wrote and distributed a letter to all politicians in the UK and the EU Parliaments and some media outlets, raising the concerns of EU Nationals living in the UK and UK Citizens living in the EU post the Referendum Result.
Many supportive replies, some not so supportive.
Lord Berkeley raised the letter in a debate in the House of Lords.
The letter was posted on the Lords of the blog site.
Two MPs joined the group.
Some journalists joined the group.
Membership of the group increased.
The points of concern that were raised we have since been told, were a benchmark, as there was little understanding of what was to be addressed.