Heavyweight new group forms to support expat rights

Published:  3 Aug at 6 PM
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Yet another new group has been formed in order to support the post-Brexit rights of UK expats living in EU member states.

The latest group, Expat Citizen Rights in EU, was originally started by three British expats living in France. Retired media and marketing specialist Dave Spokes MBE spent most of his working life at the top level of the British government, and Brian Cave, a long-term expat campaigner, have joined forces with 95-year old Harry Shindler, veteran campaigner for retired UK expats.

The group aims to put their combined expertise together on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of UK expats at present living in various EU countries. The three experts are encouraging concerned UK expats to join together within the group in order to have their views known, collated and presented to the Brexit negotiators.

The group’s leaders are planning to make sure British MPs as well as Brussels-based representatives of the European Union are fully aware of the potential problems caused to UK expats by the result of the referendum vote. The aim is to make sure that the needs and human rights of those potentially damaged by the vote remain foremost in the minds of those elected to negotiate expat futures in the EU.

The ECREU team of volunteers have useful contacts within the UK government due to their former careers and experience of UK legislation on expat matters. A number of MPs and officials within the EU are aware of expat concerns and sympathetic to their possible plights, and Expat Citizen Rights within the EU gives the means by which expat voices can be heard in the right places at the right time.

Whilst urging concerned expats not to feel they are alone in their struggle, the group makes it clear that the more people join, the louder their voice will be. They’re inviting expats to let them know their thoughts on healthcare, education, pensions and financial matters, the future for families, property rights, votes for life and any other concerns expats may have about their futures when the UK finally leaves the EU.
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