Look at our group name and it’s clear we are pro-EU. But that does not mean we do not recognise that the EU is not infallible. Today in particular, the shortcomings of the EU are more obvious than usual. The lack of EU response so far in respect of the actions of the Spanish state against citizens of Catalonia is more than disappointing. It is distressing.
EU NATIONALS’ PLEA TO EU OFFICIALS: “LISTEN TO SCOTLAND’S BREXIT CONCERNS”
Following Michel Barnier’s recent visit to Scotland’s devolved parliament, and coinciding with the European Day of Languages on Tuesday 26th September, EUCIS (EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland) have coordinated a letter and petition campaign aimed at raising awareness of the concerns for constitutional, citizen rights, and human rights facing Scotland as the UK bulldozes its way through Brexit negotiations.
Our initial reaction:
“THIS is what Brexit negotiations were further stalled for?”
On a more serious note though, rumoured to be a “significant” intervention in the faltering Brexit negotiations, we had been anticipating strong words and positions in today’s speech by Theresa May in Florence, Italy.
“Standing in the middle of George Square, among thousands of Independence supporters, my connection with this man, this stranger, felt like a moment of realisation and clarity: We were both home. We had found our community, a community of kindness, openness, and hope for the future. “
“I came to Scotland in 2001. I was looking for a new job in Germany when my recruitment agency asked if I would be interested in moving to Scotland for a role they had. I hadn’t thought about leaving Germany before, but Scotland is one of those countries that, even if you have never been, you know it one of the most beautiful countries in the world. So, I said yes, and made the unexpected move, and I have felt very settled here since.”
Phantom Power Films, responsible for the wonderful “Journey to Yes” series, takes a look at the impact Brexit has had on Scots living in EU27 countries, and non-UK EU nationals living in Scotland.
Our Creative Director, Ellen, joins Rosie in sharing the emotions and frustrations they have had to navigate since June 2016.
Report from FCO public event for UK Citizens in Germany
Düsseldorf, Wednesday 30th August
Our National Coordinator, Ash Burnett, had the honour of addressing the FORWARD AS ONE rally in Dunfermline’s Pittencrieff Park on Saturday 26th August, sharing the stage with a great number of wonderful speakers, including Robin McAlpine, Lesley Riddoch, IndyCar Gordon Ross, and Ariel Killick.
This post shares the content of her speech.
On May 9th 2017, Kezia Dugdale took part in a “Europe Day” publicity stunt, claiming “Together We Are Stronger”.
Despite having voted against giving EU nationals voting franchise in a future Scottish Independence referendum, the Labour party in Scotland suddenly felt the urge to speak up about the rights of EU nationals.
This letter is our response.
In the run up to the 2014 IndyRef there was one key moment for me that utterly confused me, then made me sick to my stomach. Members of the “Better Together” campaign, holding positions within their local Labour and Conservative parties, speaking of their fear of their families being split by a border and becoming “foreigners.”
“What’s so wrong with foreigners?” I thought. “How can someone truly believe that having a potentially different nationality or an extra passport suddenly excludes people from being family?”