Back in London the following week a joint delegation of British in Europe and the3million (including Jeremy Morgan from British in Italy again) went to Downing Street to meet Robin Walker, Minister of State for DEXEU, with senior staff from his department, the Foreign Office (consular service) and the Home Office. The people we met were well-informed and willing to listen but, inevitably as this is Brexit, constrained by the political divisions. We pushed them hard on much the same issues as we had in Brussels.
London response: Ring fencing our rightsWe got the same response on ring-fencing, namely that it was the wrong time to ask as they were concentrating on getting a Deal at the moment. As before, we stressed the completely uncertain situation we face just 5 months away from Brexit, and asked Primo Levi’s question, “Se non ora, quando?”
London response: Continued freedom of movement
On freedom of movement for UK citizens covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, we were told that the UK had tried to reopen the question but had been rebutted by the Commission who insisted that it was part of the future relationship. We said that we were not giving up.
London response: British citizens returning to UK with EU spouses
We also discussed the issues of British citizens returning to the UK post-Brexit with their EU spouses (and vice-versa), monitoring of the Withdrawal Agreement within the UK and voting in local elections.