Almost a year on from the EU referendum in the UK, it is still unclear what will happen to the rights of the estimated 3.2 million Europeans living in the UK and the 1.2 million Britons living elsewhere in Europe. In her letter triggering Article 50 TEU on 29 March, Theresa May put the interests of citizens as the first priority in the negotiations and called for an early agreement about their rights. Citizens’ rights were also the first priority in the European Council guidelines for Brexit negotiations on 29 April, as well as in the European Parliament’s red lines on Brexit negotiations. However, none of the parties has yet elaborated what this will mean or how it will be done in practice.
The aim of this roundtable is to bring together citizens’ representatives and decision-makers who are going to be involved in the Brexit negotiations to discuss these issues on an equal footing. Citizens’ representatives will be given the chance to voice the key concerns of the citizens they represent and expect a reaction from decision-makers.
The specific aims of the roundtable will be:
– To identify the key issues of concern to citizens in the Brexit negotiations
– To look for possible solutions to ensure that whatever deal that is reached between the EU and the UK, the rights of citizens are upheld
This event is organised by ECAS, in collaboration with the EU Rights Clinic, New Europeans and European Disability Forum in the project Brexit Takeaways, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT). This event is also supported by BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts Brussels and other civil society organisations, including: Culture Action Europe, JEF-Europe, Civil Society Europe (CSE), Volunteering Matters, Transport and Environment, the Brussels Liberals and Democrats, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and the Coventry University in the UK.