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EU citizenship after Brexit: Initiative to protect British EU rights goes live

EU citizenship after Brexit: Initiative to protect British EU rights goes live:

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Dubbed the Permanent European Union Citizenship initiative, it is a type of European Citizens’ Initiative recognised by the European Commission that allows citizens of the EU to propose regulatory changes.

If a minimum threshold of signatures – one million in total, meeting set minimum numbers across at least 7 countries – is reached by 23rd July 2019, the European Commission has to formally consider the proposal.

Those wishing to support the Permanent European Union Citizenship initiative can do so by completing a form on the dedicated European Commission website.

https://eci.ec.europa.eu/002/public/#/initiative

If you have not yet signed this European Citizens’ Initiative please do. 

Permanent European Union Citizenship

https://eci.ec.europa.eu/002/public/#/initiative

To support a European Citizens’ Initiative, you must be an EU citizen (national of an EU member state) and be old enough to vote in European Parliament elections (18 except Austria where the voting age is 16).

This is to ask the EU to grant UK citizens, who are currently residents in the EU, unlimited EU citizenship even after their country is dragged out of the EU.

I have a lot of British friends who, as well as their kids, will suffer dire consequences from losing their citizenship. Even if they are allowed to stay in their current host country, a lot of things will change for them in terms of Visa requirements, access to benefits and protection of their current rights.

It you also have British friends, this might help them going forward. 

Passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit

Passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit:

For more information see: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/travelling-to-the-eu-with-a-uk-passport-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/travelling-to-the-eu-with-a-uk-passport-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

After 29 March 2019, if you’re a British passport holder (including passports issued by the Crown Dependencies and Gibraltar), you’ll be considered a third country national – under the Schengen Border Code and will therefore need to comply with different rules to enter and travel around the Schengen area.

Now what that tries to imply without actually saying it, is that if the UK comes to no agreement with the EU, UK nationals will require a Visa before coming to or travel through the EU.

The regular fee (in Euro)

Airport transit visa                                  –   60.00 EUR
Short stay visa, less than 90 days         –   60.00 EUR
Long stay visa, more than 90 days       –    99.00 EUR

See: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/

So lets say you travel to Dubai via France, you want to make sure you have both visas sorted in time!

Schengen Travel Visa Insurance

Anyone travelling temporarily to a Schengen area from a country that is subject to visa requirements,  be it an individual or group visitors, tourists, or business travelers is required to purchase travel insurance that covers the number of days he/she will be spending in the Schengen Area.

The insurance must be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage must be EUR 30,000!

Also, in order to get said visa you will need to purchase an insurance, because we don’t like it when foreigners come over to free ride on our social services!

Not a big deal, you can get them rather cheaply on the open market. As long as you don’t have a pre-existing condition that is. 

Oh and if you want to rent a car on your holiday, don’t forget to buy an international drivers permit before. See: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45512152

UK driving licence ‘may not be valid in EU’ after no-deal Brexit

That is of course not just a case for the EU, but also any of the 60 or so countries the EU currently has mutual agreements with to accept each others driving license. 

Ah yes, and remember how much fun roaming charges were? See: https://news.sky.com/story/britons-face-return-of-eu-roaming-charges-under-a-no-deal-brexit-11496063 So better not snapchat your holiday pictures to your friends.

3 Blokes In The Pub… Talk NO DEAL Brexit

3 Blokes In The Pub… Talk NO DEAL Brexit

Ex-Trump strategist Bannon targets Britain in anti-EU campaign

Ex-Trump strategist Bannon targets Britain in anti-EU campaign:

After the BuzzFeed scoop that Bannon has been in touch with Boris Johnson, it’s now been revealed he’s talking to Gove and Rees-Mogg too.

Source: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/lesterfeder/boris-johnson-steve-bannon

UK and EU each filed documents in Geneva outlining the terms they will use to trade with globally once UK leaves the EU!

Best information I found is a long twitter thread containing source links. 

Bryce Baschuk is a correspondent for Bloomberg business and writing about the WTO.

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier takes apart Theresa May’s Chequers white paper plan

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier takes apart Theresa May’s Chequers white paper plan:

Good point: What is it with Brits and their fetish for bureaucracy?

Honestly, no other European nation is as bureaucratic as Britain. Something every European coming to the UK for work will be able to confirm. Brits love their red tape. A love not shared by the rest of us Europeans … we hate bureaucracy! 

That is one of the things that makes the EU so great. Yes it is bureaucratic, but think about it, 32 nations have outsourced their bureaucratic needs their. This means that on one hand we are now all aligned, removing barriers, but also removing duplicity. (A substance harmful to an Italian, is most likely not going to be any less harmful to a person from Finland. Etc.) So yes, the European Commission is bureaucratic by definition, complaining that it is paradox, after all we outsourced part of our national bureaucracy there. And to be fair, it does so rather efficient. The commission needs less resources to do norms for 32 countries in in 24 languages than tiny Austria needed to do the

ÖNORM just for itself.

Yes, 32000 officials is still a lot, and I am sure there is room for improvement. But think about it, Britain is currently looking to hire 7000 additional civil servants just to keep core functionality up an running. Lets say 28 EU members would all have to do the same, that would be a lot more than the 32000 currently running the show.

But anyway, if the Brits think we are going to increase our bureaucratic machinery just to accommodate their eccentric delusions of national exceptionalism, they are well and truly crazy! 

A recent poll finds that pro-Brexit voters would rather leave…

A recent poll finds that pro-Brexit voters would rather leave the EU than keep the UK. 

Might as well, as current odds are that the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” will not survive the Brexit. 

The government is about to start stockpiling processed food in case of ‘no deal’ Brexit

The government is about to start stockpiling processed food in case of ‘no deal’ Brexit:


The government is about
to begin stockpiling processed food in case the country is plunged into
chaos by a “no deal” Brexit.

Ministers came up with the plan after Theresa May allowed planning for a
total break to begin –  and as the resignation of Boris Johnson and
David Davis threw more doubt on her ability to bring off a deal. 

The vast majority of processed food and drinks in Britain are imported,
with 97 per cent arriving from the European Union. 

A stockpile is intended to prevent empty shelves in a situation where
customs arrangements change dramatically and overnight.

Read
more at:
https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/the-government-is-about-to-start-stockpiling-processed-food-in-case-of-no-deal-brexit/

The good old times!

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Half of EU business leaders cut UK investment over Brexit – survey

Half of EU business leaders cut UK investment over Brexit – survey:

Boris Johnson: “Fuck business!”

Businesses: “Fuck Britain!

100,000 attend London anti-Brexit march

100,000 attend London anti-Brexit march:

Steve Darling‏ @cllrsdarling via twitter

^  Chris Leslie (@ChrisLeslieMP) via twitter