Ok, folks: let’s talk a bit of shop as this is really getting rather upsetting now. The situation of us 3.7 million EU27 citizens in UK is *not* the same as that of Britons here. Yes, we are all EU citizens at this point. But the issues are not the same. Please respect that. 1/
*All* of us EU27 citizens, under the *best case* scenario have to:
- Apply so we can stay in our own home.
- Undergo a criminal records check even though we are here legally, with children 10 years + to be matched against government watch lists.
- Pay for all this. 2/
System for that:
- Will work only on Android phones. What other application routes will look like remains unclear.
- Won’t be fully developed for some time (only being trialled for the first time next month).
- Would have to be able to cope with 1000s of applications a day. 3/
If, miraculously, that all works, we will:
- Lose rights in our home.
- Get a *special* ID number for a *special* register only for us, which will be used to check our status in future through a *special* online system only for us.
Think that’s doesn’t sound so bad? 4/
Picture landlord wanting to rent a flat.
British person: standard checks.
Non-EU immigrant: above plus immigration >> look at visa.
EU27 citizen *already at home* in the UK: above >> use special ID no and go online to portal to enter it for checking against special register. 5/
You tell me: all else being equal, who is least likely to get the flat? 6/
At this point let me remind you: all of the above is the *best case* scenario. The *worst case* is not getting the new so-called settled status. Remember: it’s an *application process*, not a registration. Applications can be rejected, and given remaining issues, some will be. 7/
And then there is still also the *catastrophic case* of no deal, at which point agreements from the Withdrawal Agreement become void. As was just confirmed, everything would then be up in the air again. That is *in addition* to the general disasters no deal would bring. 8/
I have explained all of this before. In doing so I have always stressed that I fight for all EU citizens to keep the same rights, so that of course includes Britons in the UK. But there are *specific immediate* threats that, in the UK, only EU27 citizens are faced with. 9/
Recognising those, respecting those, does not lessen the case for protecting citizens’ rights for all. But it is an important statement of solidarity with us EU27 citizens to do so. So I hope you will indeed recognise and respect ... 10/
... so that next time you think about tweeting “but there are 66 million EU citizens in the UK and we are all affected” in response to something about the immediate specific threats EU27 citizens in the UK are faced with, you will take a moment and think again. 11/
Next time you think about disrupting the only direct communication line between the Home Office and EU27 citizens in the UK, you will take a moment and think again. 12/
Next time you think about undermining the planned trial for settled status, you will take a moment and think again. 13/
Next time you think about dismissing an activity in support of EU27 citizens’ rights just because you don’t quite like it, you will take a moment and think again. 14/
Next time you think about any of the above ... you will choose to become an #EUcitizensChampion instead. gofundme.com/eucitizenscham… 15/15
I encourage those taking issue with tweet 5 to read this — obviously nothing in here yet re: EU27 citizens and settled status, but helpful for context. gov.uk/government/pub…

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Oct 7, 2018
Earlier this week, as I was doing some prep for my @CakeWatchCast debut, I realised that today would, for me, mark *1250 days* of public pro-EU campaigning - since the EUref obviously also against Brexit and for citizens' rights. That is a long time and worth some reflections. 1/
What many of you probably don't know as you weren't following me at the time: it all began with a focus on HE and academia as the first thing I did was set up a pro-EU group for Academics. 2/
Since then a lot has happened and many things have changed - not least the number of my followers. I am very grateful to you all for taking an interest in what I have to say. 3/
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.@sajidjavid told his story at #CPC18 and discussed the "word 'home'". Personal stories and home--both very important, yes. So I'm going to tell you mine @sajidjavid: my story as an EU migrant exercising freedom of movement and that of the place I considered my home, the UK. 1/
It's a story that according to you and @theresa_may shouldn't exist. Why? Because based on your immigration proposals the UK would not be my home. Had the rules you set out today existed when I was thinking of making the UK my home, I would not have been able to come. Because 2/
when I was offered my first job here, PhD in hand, I was paid £26k p.a., so well below the salary threshold you think should determine who can or cannot come to the UK, define who contributes to life here. Based on that I would not be here. That's where my story would end. 3/
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Oct 2, 2018
.@theresa_may So it’s freedom of movement and immigration again. Ok, but then let’s talk about what your words *really* mean.
➡️ This really means that 65 million Britons will lose the right to freedom of movement and if you want visa for us, they’ll have to have them too. 1/
➡️ This really means that 65 million Britons, for the first time in decades, will not be able to freely choose where in 30 countries they want to live, work and love. 2/
➡️ This really means that 65 million Britons are being lied to yet again about the impact of freedom of movement—and after the govt’s own report made it clear that the contribution of EEA citizens is very positive. These lies won’t help “ordinary working people” one bit. 3/
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Sep 27, 2018
I have long since expressed concerns about how migration is being taught at schools in the UK. This is from a Year 8 'knowledge organiser' used by an Academy; it confirms why there is every reason to be concerned.
[I am sharing this with permission from a pupil's parent]. 1/
Some parts of the organiser are ok -- it starts off, for example, with points about why migrants might leave their country of birth, referring to push and pull factors. But what follows then (the bit on the image above) is profoundly worrying and simply shocking. 2/
To single out one group of EU nationals - Polish - is problematic enough. But what is extremely concerning is that the points then made RE: problems are factually incorrect, Moreover, to cast this in terms of "unsustainability" is also a grave misjudgement. And to suggest that 3/
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Sep 23, 2018
As promised, here is the link to 🔺Endangered Rights: The Impact of Brexit on EU Citizens🔺published with @FES_GB/@FESonline. If you want to help raise awareness RE the situation of @The3Million & @BritishInEurope, please read it and share it widely. library.fes.de/pdf-files/id/1… 1/
People often ask me what they can do to help: sharing this publication is one concrete step you can take. As it’s available electronically, it’s easy to do. You could email it to your MP, for example, and ask them to support the recommendation I make at the end. 2/
The publication will be publicised in the UK and throughout the EU, including in Brussels, by FES offices to help make sure that no citizen of @The3Million nor of @BritishInEurope is left behind because of Brexit. 3/
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Sep 21, 2018
When I boarded the train to London early this morning I knew my day would be focused on the rights of @The3Million: today I am pleased to announce the publication of “Endangered Rights: The Impact of Brexit on EU Citizens” with @FES_GB.
Little did I know how topical I’d be!
My thanks to @FES_GB for publishing this as part of its Perspective series to help raise awareness of the still unresolved #citizensrights concerns of @The3Million & @BritishInEurope. Thanks in particular to the Director of the FES London office, Christos Katsioulis. 2/
The publication will be available from the FES website later this week. It will be publicised in the UK and throughout the EU, including in Brussels, by FES offices to help make sure that no @The3Million nor @BritishInEurope citizen is left behind because of Brexit. 3/
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