Chris Benn gave a talk about the future rights of EU citizens in the UK following Brexit to the My Life My Say (MLMS) organisation; the event was billed as a Brexit Café discussion and took place in central London.
MLMS is a youth-led, non-partisan charity on a mission to rebrand politics and evolve relationships between young people and decision-makers. MLMS is best known for championing the voice of 4.5 million young Brits in the Brexit negotiations and the organisation is also an active member of the UK Government’s National Democracy Council. Given the highly significant impact and Brexit will have on young people the evening included very interesting and stimulating points, not just the actual legal rights that the EU citizens will have in the UK, but also about the feelings, concerns and issues that young EU citizens see themselves facing with as we move forwards into post-Brexit UK society.
On 27 May 2018 we attended EU citizens' rights information session event in Thetford. Over 30 people from the Eastern European bloc of countries attended. While we hope to have answered all the questions and responded to all the concerns of those who attended, the information they gave us on their rights and the settled status process was extremely valuable and will be fed back into our work with the European Commission Representation in the UK. We thank the hard work of the co-organisers, Inspire Focus, for this event. We look forward to more events organised by everyone here so that we can continue to grow communications and ensuring the settled status process works for everyone.
Christopher Benn gave a talk on EU Citizens' Rights to The Signpost to Polish Success (SPS) East Midlands po Polsku charity in in Nottingham on Monday, 21 May 2018. The evening began with a short presentation on the proposed UK government settled status scheme followed by an animated video about the scheme produced by the EU Commission Representation in the UK. Following the presentations the evening progressed to a detailed question and answer session covering the impact of the draft withdrawal agreement on EU citizens' in the UK as well as questions about the current EU law system in place at the present time. There were a broad range of topics covered including many questions about how the proposed settled status scheme will work in practice. The range of these questions shows the importance of providing outreach information sessions to all sectors of EU citizens in the UK. The feedback received on the session was overwhelmingly positive with consensus from those who attended that they understood the importance on following Brexit developments with respect of the new system as the vast majority of EU citizens in this country are going be affected.
On Saturday, 05 of May 2018 we supported the Consulate General of Portugal in Manchester with an EU Citizens' Rights Event in Portadown, Northern Island.
The day was split into two question and answer sessions. In the morning we fielded questions from the Portuguese community from Timor and in the afternoon we did the same for the community from Portugal. These were two distinct community groups with differing questions concerning Brexit and the settled status process. We hope that we answered all their questions to their satisfaction and we will feed back their concerns raised to the Home Office via the European Commission Representation.
We want to thank Jorge Cruz, Consul General, André Porteiro Ferreira and everyone else involved in arranging this successful event.
is holding an EU Citizens' Rights and Brexit Advice Event on 27 May 2018. It will be held at St. Peter's Cultural Arts Centre, 7 Whitehart Street, Thetford, IP24 1AA from 2 PM to 5 PM. It is a free event and, while it is predominately marketed for Eastern European countries, it is open for all EU citizens to attend. There will be a public Q&A session with Seraphus on all aspects of EU citizens' rights and the forthcoming 'settled status' process. If you have questions about your right to reside during the transition period and later, please do attend.
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.
The Royal Geographical Society are screening a movie called ‘The Boy Mir’ on Wednesday, 28 September 2011. The film follows Mir’s real life story in Afghanistan over the last 10 years, starting at 8 years old. The screening on Wednesday is the UK premier, and doors open at 6:30 pm with the screening commencing at 7:00 pm.
For more details and for the box office click here