Group calls on volunteers to lobby MEPs to avoid "political stitch-up".The British in Italy (BiI) group is calling on its supporters to engage in an e-mail mass lobby campaign from 22-25 November, targeting their MEPs in both Italy and the UK, ahead of a crucial European Council meeting to discuss Brexit – Britain’s leaving the European Union.
EU heads of government will convene in Brussels on 15 December to decide if “sufficient progress” has been made for Brexit negotiations to proceed to Phase 2 and to discuss the future trade relationship between Britain and the EU.
BiI says there is a "real risk of a political stitch-up" to enable both sides to progress towards trade talks without first guaranteeing the rights of British citizens, who could become "bargaining chips" in the negotiations.
BiI says the most important outstanding issues for UK citizens in Europe include
preserving the right of freedom of movement in the EU27, relaxing the 2 year rule, maintaining the mutual recognition of professional and other qualifications, and family reunification.
For full details on these points, as well as Italian and English template letters, with contact information for Italian and UK MEPs, see BiI website.
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