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Roundtable "Brexit and Citizens' Rights: Where Do We Go From Here?'

The aim of this event is to identify the key issues of concern to citizens ahead of the Brexit negotiations and to discuss solutions with decision-makers to ensure that the rights of citizens will be upheld in any future deal between the UK and the EU.

Almost a year on from the EU referendum in the UK, it is still unclear what will happen to the rights of the estimated 3.2 million Europeans living in the UK and the 1.2 million Britons living elsewhere in Europe. In her letter triggering Article 50 TEU on 29 March, Theresa May put the interests of citizens as the first priority in the negotiations and called for an early agreement about their rights. Citizens’ rights were also the first priority in the European Council guidelines for Brexit negotiations on 29 April, as well as in the European Parliament’s red lines on Brexit negotiations. However, none of the parties has yet elaborated what this will mean or how it will be done in practice.

The aim of this roundtable is to bring together citizens’ representatives and decision-makers who are going to be involved in the Brexit negotiations to discuss these issues on an equal footing. Citizens’ representatives will be given the chance to voice the key concerns of the citizens they represent and expect a reaction from decision-makers. The specific aims of the roundtable will be:

  • To identify the key issues of concern to citizens in the Brexit negotiations
  • To look for possible solutions to ensure that whatever deal that is reached between the EU and the UK, the rights of citizens are upheld

The event will be moderated by a professional journalist from the Swiss journal NZZ and it will feature prominent representatives from the EU institutions, in addition to representatives from UK government institutions: 

  • Michel Barnier, Brexit Chief Negotiator, European Commission
  • Sophia in ’t Veld, Dutch MEP for ALDE, member of Citizens’ Task Force
  • Seb Dance, MEP for the London region for the Labour Party (S&D) 
  • Jill Evans, MEP for Wales, Vice-President of the Greens/EFA 
  • Rosita Hickey, Head of Strategic Inquiries, European Ombudsman 
  • A representative from the UK Department for Exiting the European Union (name tbc)
  • Michael Russell, Scottish Government Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe

Interested in attending it? Access the full programme and register at: http://ecas.org/event/roundtable-brexit-citizens-rights-go/


20 Jun 2017 @ 09:00 am

20 Jun 2017 @ 02:00 pm

Duration: 5 hours


BOZAR - Rotunda Bertouille Room

23 Rue Ravenstein

1000 Bruxelles


Organised by

European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)

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