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1. Hi there @theresa_may @DominicRaab @daviddavismp 😀

It's Laura from @BritishInEurope.

Yes, yes unfortunately we DO still exist.

We need to talk about #Brexit and my life & that of my husband & son.
2. I'd like to discuss how your deal helps my family carry on our lives as normal after Brexit.
3. I'd also like to talk to @theresa_may and @DominicRaab about @nickynoo007 and @GuitarMoog and @fjgodfrey and @BrexpatsHOV
4. And hear about how your deal allows them and their families to carry on as normal after Brexit, particularly @nickynoo007 who may have to choose between her aging parents in the UK and her long term sick husband in the Netherlands?
5. You see these people's lives aren't bargaining chips and #BrexitIsPersonal. Most of us couldn't vote in the Referendum in 2016 so you had an extra special duty of care to look after us properly. But you wouldn't even meet us.
6. We're still open to meeting you but time is running out. Our lives aren't being protected as was promised by Vote Leave & the negotiators. We're worried, not a nuisance. Please don't airbrush us out of this story.
7. Incidentally, there are thousands of other people like me and Nicky and Steve out there....@trevdick being one @chadders812 being another, @RobHarrison_EU being a third. Many more who would like you to meet us and explain how our lives will be fine after Brexit

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Sep 21, 2018
.@britishineurope PRESS STATEMENT: 'Disgraceful and unacceptable'.

Read our full response to Theresa May's press statement on EU citizens' rights which made no mention of the 1.2 mn British nationals living in the EU 27


#TheresaMay #NoDealBrexit .
2. 'We heard that we are now at an impasse in the negotiations with the very real threat of a no deal. What we did not hear was one single word about the future of 1.2 million UK nationals living in the EU27.'
3. 'You appear willing to take the UK out of the EU with a no deal and with no thought for your own nationals'
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Aug 14, 2018
1. We get this Brexiter fairytale A LOT: why has the big bad EU decided not to give poor little @BritishInEurope free movement? Isn't the big bad EU really mean and despicable? And who would want to live in such a place where the big bad EU would do such a thing? #PeoplesVote
2. Well, kiddies, lean in & I'll tell you the real story. The big bad EU wasn't always big & bad. Actually, it was really quite reasonable (if a bit inflexible at times) & understood that 4.6mn people's lives were at stake in the Brexit talks & that it had a duty to protect them
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1. Some numbers from France on why the @EuropeanCommiss refusing to provide any dedicated local legal support for @britishineurope (who are still EU citizens) matters.

Particularly in the event of a #NoDealBrexit
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3. There are 5 (yes 5) FCO staff dedicated to providing consular support for the citizens' rights aspect of Brexit. That's 5 for the entire EU 27 or 1.3mn @BritishInEurope (yes I know many are taking a new nationality but it's still a tiny number of staff to help the rest).
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#Brexit #Trump #VoteLeave
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