Supreme Court ruling gives hope to UK and EU expats

Published:  25 Jan at 6 PM
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Although the Supreme Court’s ruling isn’t a ‘get out of jail free’ card for worried UK expats, it at least confirms parliament’s right to a role in the Brexit progression.

Basically, the judgement simply blocks Theresa May from triggering Article 50 until proper parliamentary scrutiny and a vote have taken place. Representatives of the many expatriate groups now fighting for their rights to remain believe the result of the Supreme Court case could be a ‘matter of life or death’ for the literally millions of UK and EU expats threatened by the likelihood of a ‘hard Brexit’.

In an interview with the Independent newspaper, representative of Fair Deal for Expats John Shaw said he was relieved and delighted at the result of Gina Miller’s court action, adding two million Brits in Europe and three million EU citizens in the UK were being used as bargaining chips. Cancer sufferer Shaw feels the campaigners’ court victory could help secure the rights of both EU and UK expats, and refers to the plight of expats as the human side of Brexit.

Nicholas Hatton, founder of the French expat group 3million, regards the ruling as a victory for the campaigners, referring to Article 50 as the ‘first battle’ in the war against being totally disregarded by May. Now, he added, is the perfect time to join together for the next fight. Hatton wants to see Conservatives unilaterally granting rights to remain for EU expats living and working in the UK.

Lord Neuberger, in his reading of the verdict, confirmed that Brexit will remove all rights at present enjoyed by UK citizens living in Europe. He noted the referendum was politically extremely significant, but added its progress to date has given no clear definition of what consquences might follow. Any action by government, he said, must now be defined legally by the British constitution.
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