We shifted the UK, now we need to shift the EU on citizens’ rights.


the3million on why it is important EU citizens write to their country leaders to protect their citizens’ rights whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a Brexit deal.



Firstly, a happy International Women’s Day to you all. Since the referendum, the balance towards the female gender in the Forum of EU citizens, and the3million, has shown that women can be more attuned than men to social issues, and we should all agree we can have differences based on our gender, but discrimination or inequalities are simply not acceptable in 2019.

On that subject, please read this article in the Independent about Settled Status, and its discriminatory nature against women.

We are three weeks away from Brexit, yet we do not know the outcome of the negotiations.

Last week, the British Parliament unanimously voted to make the current agreement on citizens’ rights with the EU the main Article 50 agreement, in case of no-deal on everything else. This is thanks to our work with Alberto Costa MP and his now famous amendment. Merci Monsieur Costa.

Unanimity in Parliament is rare and cannot be ignored.

As a result, Theresa May wrote to Michel Barnier this week, copying all EU institutions, asking for the ring-fencing our rights.

As it stands, Michel Barnier and the European Commission cannot answer positively to the request, because they have been mandated by the European Council (made of the heads of state of EU member states) that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.

The only way to make it possible is for the 27 EU heads of state to change the mandate when they meet at the next European Council meeting on 21-22 March, and allow the Commission to agree to ring-fence our rights, in case nothing else is agreed.

This is something Alberto Costa has promoted this week, in his letter to Donald Tusk and all heads of state:

Now, it is all about you, and the other five million EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU, so I am asking you to join the ultimate lobby:

Please ask your Prime Minister or President to support the ring-fencing of our rights following the Costa amendment on Twitter.


Please use this text as a reference, when you translate into your mother tongue:

Dear [NAME OF HEAD OF STATE], I am [INSERT YOUR NATIONALITY] living in the UK. I need my #citizensrights secured for life by an international treaty under Article 50 even in case of no deal. At the next @EUCoucil, please instruct the @EU_Commission to make this happen. If not now it will be too late.


Here is my tweet sent to the French President Emmanuel Macron:

You can attach the picture at the top of this email (kindly donated to the3million by the Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler) to the tweet.


If you are not on Twitter, you can still write to your head of State, but you will need to google their contact details I’m afraid.

Together we can shift the EU!


Finally, I have a favour to ask you. Last year, I met Yvan Castellano, a documentary maker from Spain who was working on a new film about Brexit and the 5 million citizens who are in the eye of the storm. He is half-way through the filming and needs your financial support to continue. If you can afford it, please donate here.🔷



Did you know the3million is the leading non-profit organisation of EU citizens in the UK? We are grateful of your support, as we simply couldn’t have campaigned for citizens’ rights over the last 24 months without you. If you can afford it, please become a paying supporter today to allow the campaign to continue for the next 24 months and beyond if necessary.

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