Challenging Operation Nexus (Update)

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The AIRE Centre are 80% of the way to meeting their initial target in respect of raising the money to cover the costs associated with their Court of Appeal challenge to “Operation Nexus”. Please continue to pledge donations, their aim is to meet the initial target and work the stretch target of £10000!

Here's more from the Director, Matthew Evans:

Donate and Share
We are hoping that a successful challenge will bring an end to Operation Nexus and its roll out across the UK. You can take action now by:

1. Pledging any amount you can on:
2. Sharing the page on your social media.
3. Forward this email to your friends and colleagues and ask them to make a donation and share the campaign.
What is Operation Nexus?

Operation Nexus is not just about removal, it is a central plank of the ‘hostile environment’ of detention, restrictions on the ability to work, and forcing people into destitution so they agree to voluntary removal. We have all seen the news over the past week and how damaging, outrageous and far reaching this hostile environment has been. It affects not just EU/foreign nationals but the broader community because McGowan J, who heard the case in the High Court, held that the police may lawfully ask any question they choose for whatever purpose they wish provided it would not be “[un]lawful … [for] a member of the public” to ask the questions. It also allows unverified intelligence information to be presented to decision making authorities such as the immigration tribunal, without disclosure to the subject of that intelligence information or their representative.

For more information please see:

We can't do this without you. We will update you of our next steps through the platform so please pledge and be part of our movement.

Thank you very much for your support.

Brexit and Citizens' Rights Event by Black Country Chambers


We participated in the EDIC Black Country Chambers event titled 'Brexit: Leading the Way'. The topics included international trade and the rights of EU citizens during and post-Brexit.
The panel included Anastassia Beliakova, Head of Trade Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, David Hearne, Research Assistant at the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, and our very own Christopher Desira.

It was a lively, productive and enjoyable event. It was clear to Seraphus that employers are as much concerned about citizens' rights as the citizens themselves. We need to continue ensure that communications are aimed not just at EU citizens' but all those who come into contact with them in their day-to-day lives.

We want to thank everyone at Black Country Chambers for all their hard work in organising this event.

Challenging Operation Nexus

UntitledThe AIRE Centre is looking for donations to fund a legal challenge against the Home Office policy called “Operation Nexus”. This policy has been used to target EEA nationals for removal from the UK in collaboration with the police. It is an extremely important challenge, thousands have been removed under this policy, which is arguably contrary to EU law, and many more may fall under its scope throughout the Brexit process.
Please consider donating to this cause, however small, every donation helps. You can donate here:

Here is some more information from the Director of the AIRE Centre, Matthew Evans:

What we are trying to do?
Our challenge argues that Nexus is contrary to EU and UK law. If we are successful, Operation Nexus would have to be drastically re-thought or withdrawn as a policy. Individuals removed because of Nexus would potentially be entitled to return to the UK and/or seek damages due to their unlawful removal
How can you help?
The AIRE Centre continues to act pro-bono in this case, with the assistance of Deighton Pierce Glynn and Counsel.
We have a protected costs order which limits our costs to a fixed figure. However, as a charity, we must raise money to meet that figure because we do not have sufficient resources of our own. Without financial help, we will simply not be able to carry on with this important legal challenge.
We need to raise £11,000 to make it possible. Initially we are looking to raise £6k to cover costs but eventually we need the full amount. If we don't raise the money in the next 29 days, we get nothing. That is how Crowd justice works.
We are therefore asking you to consider supporting this legal challenge through donating to the following link and/or to share this e-mail/link with friends, family or colleagues who may be interested in supporting the AIRE Centre to bring this important case to court.

EU citizens working in the UK - Video

The European Commission Representation in the UK has produced an animated video titled 'EU citizens working in the UK: how will Brexit affect your EU citizenship rights?' on Vimeo, but can also be viewed here:

EU citizens working in the UK: how will Brexit affect your EU citizenship rights? from ECRepLondon on Vimeo.

The EC Rep says:
'Brexit has created uncertainty in the lives of many EU citizens working in the UK: some are unsure whether they can continue working in the UK after Brexit.
The draft Withdrawal Agreement provides for the continuation of EU workers' current rights after #Brexit. This video explains what rights and who will be covered.
ℹ️ It is important to highlight that for their rights to continue EU citizens will need to already be in the UK before Brexit day and apply for and obtain “settled status”.
❗️Please note that in terms of EU citizens' rights "Brexit day" will be the end of the transition period which is 31 December 2020.
For more information, please visit our website:'

EC Citizens' Rights Event - Scotland

The EU Citizens Rights Project - Scotland are organising events on EU Citizens Rights across Scotland in April and May.
If you are an EU citizen, work with EU citizens, come along and find out more. Here's a poster with event details in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Inverness.
Please share and display.


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