Talking Brexit with the British in Spain II

Talking Brexit with the British in Spain II

In the second report from her in-depth research with UK citizens who have made their homes and lives in Spain, Karen reflects on the similarities between leave and remain voters and highlights how Brexit taps into deeply emotional understandings of national identity and belonging. She also summarises what the draft withdrawal agreement says about citizens’ rights and what this means for UK citizens in Spain. As she shows, while current agreements permit some reassurance, people are still seeking information about how to continue their lives as before. 

This website has been produced as part of the research project BrExpats: freedom of movement, citizenship and Brexit in the lives of British citizens resident in the EU27. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (Grant Number ES/R000875/1) through the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative.

‘We are not, we’re not reassured … yet!’ Our report Talking citizens’ rights with UK citizens living in the EU27

By Katherine Collins and Michaela Benson

In this post, Katherine and Michaela reflect on the latest report released by project team. The report is drawn up from responses to the question of the extent to which the recent agreements re: citizens’ rights had provided UK citizens living in the EU27 with reassurance about what Brexit would mean for their lives and futures. 


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Episode 20: What does the draft withdrawal agreement mean for UK citizens living in the EU27

**IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EPISODE** This episode was recorded before the agreed legal text relating to the withdrawal agreement was published on 19th March 2018. The text, particularly relating to healthcare provision—which she discusses in this episode—has been significantly been modified since then. Professor Hervey has amended and updated her evaluation of this element of the withdrawal agreement accordingly—which she discusses in this episode—since then, and you can read all about it in her post for the EU Law Analysis Blog

Wondering what the draft withdrawal agreement means for UK citizens living in the EU27? In this episode, Michaela is joined once again by EU law expert Professor Tamara Hervey to talk through the complexities of this agreement. From the legal status of this document, what it means in terms of the enforcement of rights, and causes for concern and (limited) cause for celebration, they discuss what this document reveals about the future rights and entitlement for these populations who have made their homes and lives in the EU27.

Putting UK citizens abroad on the electoral map? Brexit, the demos and the overseas vote

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Today, the Overseas Electors’ Bill 2017-19 will receive its second reading in the House of Commons. If successful, this would allow UK citizens living abroad for long periods of time to vote in parliamentary elections (a right which is currently lost after 15 years).

This Private Members’ Bill, sponsored by Conservative MP Glyn Davies, is the latest iteration of a longer-standing debate about overseas voting rights. While recent commentary depicts opposition to this vote as grounded in petty party politics, we argue that the question of whether UK citizens living overseas should have their right to vote upheld for life goes to the heart of deeply rooted concerns about British democracy and electoral representation.

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Overseas’ Electors Bill receives second reading in House of Commons

On Friday 23rd February 2018 the second reading of the Overseas’ Electors Bill 2017-19 was held in the House of Commons. This Private Members’ bill sponsored by MP Glyn Davies sets out to extend the vote for life to overseas-resident UK citizens.  It would allow UK citizens living abroad for long periods of time to vote in parliamentary elections (a right which is currently lost after 15 years).

You can read more about the bill here, or watch a recording of the discussion in full here (at 12.22.09).

Glyn Davies speaking at the second reading of the overseas electors' bill