Who is The 3 Million Group?
The organization is supposed to represent the 3.2 million EU migrants living Britain, including myself…
This blog post is about EU migrants & EU laws. We came here under European laws, the British People held the EU referendum and decided to leave the Union. When Britain leaves the EU, it will take back control of its borders and laws. Why is this such a hard concept?
- Have you ever seen a French living in the USA under EU laws?
- Have you ever come across a Spanish living in Singapore under EU laws?
Here is how they describe themselves on Facebook: “The 3 Million is a support & pressure group by EU citizens living in the UK. We aim to offer practical guidance & lobby.” On their Twitter account, they state: “We are the 3 million non-British EU citizens living in the UK.”
The 3 million came here under EU laws, the British decided otherwise. Will you rule in Brexit Britain?Click To Tweet
The 3 Million out to Get Money!
Out for funding… and lobbying!
Funding is the main issue in any lobby group. It does not come for free, as one would expect. The organization claims “to preserve the rights of EU citizens living in the UK”. We will make no comment & let you judge by yourself.
Who’s behind The 3 Million?
- Both French,
- Both expats,
- One of them is involved in French politics (equivalent of Lib Dems)…
The 'apolitical organization' ... is calling out for donations. Will you support the 3 million? Click To Tweet
The 3 Million out to Protest in London
— the3million (@The3Million) 21 July 2017
The 3 Million after EU Laws
What is the debate all about in a nutshell?
European migrants came to the UK, rather easily. Indeed, they are all EU citizens. The European laws are specific to the Union and come with a whole bunch of advantages and drawbacks. These regulations were designed with the European Union in mind. Based on EU principles, existing laws are applicable in all member states.
What happens if a member state decides to leave the EU…
The EU leaders never looked into this very specific issue. Britain is the very first member to leave the Club. As as a matter of consequence, we are all in the unknown. Whatever happens with Brexit, the deal about EU citizens will be used as a reference in the future.
What is the UK’s offer for EU citizens?
Here are the major principles found on the Prime Minister’s website and speech in the House of Commons:
- EU citizens are an integral part of the economic, cultural and social fabric of our country and I have always been clear that I want to protect their rights.
- That is why I initially sought an agreement on this before we triggered Article 50. And it is why I am making it an immediate priority at the beginning of the negotiations.
- That agreement must be reciprocal because we must protect the rights of UK citizens living in the EU too.
- Our offer will give those 3 million EU citizens in the UK certainty about the future of their lives. And a reciprocal agreement will provide the same certainty for the more than 1 million UK citizens who are living in the European Union.
As this is a major issue for millions, we simply highlighted the exact content of the proposal made by Theresa May to EU leaders and migrants:
- Family dependants who join a qualifying EU citizen in the UK before the UK’s exit will be able to apply for settled status after 5 years
- EU citizens looking to remain in the UK will be asked to apply for documentation under a new streamlined, user friendly scheme
- Protection for the existing healthcare arrangements for both EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU. This includes seeking continued participation in the European Health Insurance Card scheme for all UK nationals and EU citizens, including for temporary visits
- The UK intends to provide certainty by continuing to export and uprate the UK State Pension within the EU, as well as offering reassurance that those exporting a benefit at the specified date will be able to do so, subject to ongoing entitlement
- EU citizens who arrived before the specified date should be able to continue to be eligible for Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) student loans and ‘home fee’ status.
- The UK intends to continue to recognize professional qualifications obtained in the Member States prior to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This would be part of a reciprocal deal which ensures professional qualifications obtained in the UK and EU Member States continue to be mutually recognized.
To make it simple, EU citizens will be offered the “Settled Status” to remain in the United Kingdom. They will be given the same rights as for UK citizens. As the Nation decided to leave, all EU migrants will be subject to UK Laws and Courts. This is what the issue is all about!
European Court of Justice vs UK Laws
What’s your take on EU affairs and Brexit talks?
Britain is the “Mother of Parliaments”. This was outlined by an English politician in 1865. John Bright was a promoter of free trade policies. In 2017, Britain is known as the “Mother of Democracy”. Why don’t we trust the Laws of this country? This issue is more than likely to become a game changer during the Brexit negotiations. No doubt, this is likely to have consequences in the near future between David Davis (UK) and Michel Barnier (EU).
French Expat in the UK for 15 years, I simply don't agree with my fellow EU migrants.Click To Tweet
I do understand they came under the laws of the European Court of Justice. Sadly for them, the British people decided to take back control. I will only go by UK Laws and Courts.
The European Union is a bunch of commercial and political treaties and will never be a country with its language, currency, history and… a national anthem to be proud of. Hard to understand?
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