After 3 years of Brexit limbo for EU citizens, I’m falling out of love with this uncaring EU
Tanja Bueltmann, HuffPost, 20 June 2019
Where is our home now given that we have been effectively abandoned by both the place we live in and the place we come from?
Denying EU citizens their vote is an abysmal moment in Brexit Britain. It cannot stand.
Tanja Bueltmann, HuffPost, 24 May 2019
The government now stands at a crossroads, and the first step they must take is to expand full voting rights to every permanent citizen in the country.
I’m an EU national, and this is how Brexit has hit my mental health
Tanja Bueltmann, HuffPost, 16 May 2019
I used to say that I have a teflon skin, but since the referendum I’ve experienced everything from unprecedented stress to online threats to being followed.
A year in post, Sajid Javid’s ‘fair and humane’ immigration system seems a long way off
Maike Bohn, HuffPost, 30 April 2019
In his first year as home secretary, Javid has only shown a tendency to repeat the mistakes of the Windrush scandal in his roll-out of the EU registration scheme.
Brexit has normalised what is not normal – and EU citizens are the first victims
Tanja Bueltmann, HuffPost, 10 April 2019
That the government of a European country is not only contemplating no deal, but actively choosing to make it a real possibility is one of the greatest derelictions of duty we have ever seen.
We EU citizens are pleading Europe to rescue our rights in the event of no-deal
Maike Bohn, HuffPost, 21 March 2019
With over 1,000 days in limbo, the five million EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU have had enough. We are appealing to the heads of state of the EU27 to ensure that we retain international protection of our rights, even in case of no-deal.
The UK has finally made EU citizens’ rights a priority after Brexit – now it is the EU’s turn to do what is right
Tanja Bueltmann & Axel Antoni, HuffPost, 28 February 2019
The unanimous passing of the Costa amendment by MPs marks a crucial watershed in the fight for EU citizens’ rights in the UK. Now EU leaders must make the same commitment.
MPs have no excuse not to end uncertainty for EU citizens in Britain – and our citizens abroad
Tanja Bueltmann, HuffPost, 22 February 2019
In a responsible society five million people cannot be sacrificed on the Brexit altar.
The future of EU citizens in the UK has never been more uncertain – politicians must take action or forever be remembered for failing millions
Tanja Bueltmann, HuffPost, 18 February 2019
For over 965 days now we have been one of three things – often all three together: bargaining chips; a punching bag; and subjects of hate.
Scrapping the settled status fee for EU citizens is positive, but not enough
Tanja Bueltmann, HuffPost, 23 January 2019
It is critical that we do not lose focus – waiving the fee does not take away the problems with the application process
From today, EU citizens in the UK will be forced to pay to apply to stay in our homes
Tanja Bueltmann, HuffPost, 21 January 2019
For millions of Europeans like me, today is a difficult watershed moment – settled status will no doubt create a new Windrush generation
EU citizens have been failed time and again. With only precious few days left to make a change, will the UK finally stand up for us?
Tanja Bueltmann, HuffPost, 7 January 2019
EU citizens remain in the place they have been since 2016: right at the centre of the storm, but with no representation and no shelter in sight.
This is the last Christmas before EU citizens’ rights fall off the cliff edge – we must not let them
Tanja Bueltmann, HuffPost, 25 December 2018
As the year comes to a close I am desperately trying to find some words of hope. But I am afraid this year the reality is that I really cannot find them anymore.
The government’s post-Brexit plan isn’t sound policy, it’s dangerous ideology
Maike Bohn, HuffPost, 19 December 2018
With a proposed income threshold of £30,000 for skilled migrants, the White Paper sets out a bleak picture for the future of UK immigration.
This week’s Brexit developments have yet again produced a perfect storm of problems for EU nationals
Tanja Bueltmann, HuffPost, 7 December 2018
In many ways all of this has been an integral part of daily life for EU citizens in the UK since the referendum. What makes it extraordinary now is that over two years have passed and nothing has changed.
May can apologise for calling EU citizens ‘queue-jumpers’, but our trust in the PM is broken
Maike Bohn, HuffPost, 27 November 2018
The only way for EU citizens in the UK to feel reassured is not for May to regret the queue-jumping comment, but for all her promises to us to become legal certainty.
Theresa May’s Brexit fightback is just another opportunity to vilify EU citizens like me
Tanja Bueltmann, HuffPost, 19 November 2018
In less than a week, our Prime Minister has reduced us from ‘valued citizens’ to ‘queue-jumpers’. That is not only shameful, but also intensely worrying.
Theresa May’s Brexit deal has killed off any hope that EU citizens’ lives will remain the same
Tanja Bueltmann, HuffPost, 15 November 2018
Negotiators on both sides have failed to protect what they have always claimed was their first priority.
EU citizens being forced to prove their right to work after Brexit shows the endgame for us has come
Tanja Bueltmann, HuffPost, 31 October 2018
I thought that I had now seen it all. That we had reached rock bottom in terms of how low the UK government would be prepared to sink – I was wrong.
A record number of EU citizens left the UK last year, and I understand why
Axel Antoni, HuffPost, 8 August 2018
Front page after front page told me it was people like me, immigrants, who caused all the ills of the UK.
Hostile environment 2.0: Why EU citizens and Open Rights Group are taking government to court over data protection
Axel Antoni, HuffPost, 18 May 2018
There are now few alternatives left other than taking the government to court.
With one year left, EU citizens and their families need certainty about their rights
Maike Bohn, HuffPost, 29 March 2018
Ask yourself: how would you feel if this happened to you?
EU citizens are sick of begging to be part of a society that doesn’t really want us
Axel Antoni, HuffPost, 22 February 2018
To attract and retain the brightest and best the UK needs to create a welcoming environment.
By not allowing full freedom of movement Theresa May will create two Classes of EU citizens
Maike Bohn & Axel Antoni, HuffPost, 1 February 2018The UK government is adding to its – and our – woes.
Is that it? EU citizens like me have waited 18 months for ‘sufficient progress’?
Maike Bohn, HuffPost, 8 December 2017“Today is not a relief or reason to celebrate for me, the opposite is true. My future looks bleaker than ever.” This is just one of many worried messages I have received today. The agreement on ‘sufficient progress’ is a flawed compromise and no life-long guarantees for citizens’ rights.
The long and winding Brexit road: EU citizens help turn a corner
Maike Bohn, HuffPost, 16 November 2017
Over five million people’s lives are currently frozen in time and space. It is telling that the only solution that would protect them does not come from the British government or the EU but from the citizens themselves.
Return to sender – The letter to the 3 million EU nationals
Axel Antoni, HuffPost, 19 October 2017
Theresa May reiterates that EU nationals will be able to stay. For many EU nationals like me who have lived in this country for decades, a promise not to be deported is an affront rather than reassurance.
EU citizens’ rights, wasting time climbing a molehill
Axel Antoni, HuffPost, 28 September 2017
Here we are, 15 months post referendum. As Michel Barnier said, the clock is ticking. This is the last chance to move on to the next stage of negotiations, progress is vital.
Extending free movement – One big muddle but no more certainty
Axel Antoni, HuffPost, 1 August 2017
Whatever the new arrangement is called and whatever it entails though it does not deliver on what the government is hoping to achieve: certainty for employers.
Far too little, far too late – Assessing migration of EU nationals
Axel Antoni, HuffPost, 27 July 2017
There is great uncertainty among our members. The new report will not help to reduce this but is increasing the worries about the UK negotiating with limited information on what environment we need to convince the 3.2 million not to leave.
EU citizens in limbo
Maike Bohn, HuffPost, 23 June 2017
The government has kept us guessing for a year. Lives are on hold. People have lost faith in the government after many u-turns by politicians who promised our lives wouldn’t be affected by the referendum outcome.
What A Time To Have No Voice
Maike Bohn, HuffPost, 30 May 2017
One of Europe’s oldest democracies is in trouble. We need nuance, grownup debate, compromise, rather than a binary “you lost, we won” attitude.
Standing up for EU citizens’ rights
Maike Bohn, HuffPost, 4 March 2017
The vote in the Lords restored some much-needed sanity to the debate about EU citizens’ rights. It finally gave a public, and a political, voice to three million people who couldn’t vote in the referendum and have been feeling speechless ever since.
‘This is not your country’ – Identity and nationalism post-Brexit
Maike Bohn, HuffPost, 5 December 2016Brexit has triggered an identity crisis. For me and my fellow three million EU citizens living in the UK it has cast a shadow over our entire lives.
Five million EU and UK citizens have spent 1,000 days in limbo. It has to end.
Tanja Bueltmann, The Guardian, 21 March 2019I have seen the impact Brexit’s uncertainty is having. The EU must protect citizens’ rights – it is a question of basic humanity.
Javid’s post-Brexit settlement plan does nothing to reassure EU citizens
Tanja Bueltmann, 21 June 2018Far from providing comfort, the scheme for EU citizens in the UK leaves dozens of our questions unanswered.
The shameful Windrush saga has struck fear into EU nationals’ hearts
Tanja Bueltmann, The Guardian, 17 April 2018The government has shown itself to be incompetent and untrustworthy. EU citizens in the UK are in danger too.
EU citizens are only Brexit collateral now
Tanja Bueltmann, The Guardian, 27 February 2018Tory hardliners cheered a fall in net migration from Europe, despite it causing harm – while we remain ignored, in limbo.
The Tories tell us the rights of EU citizens are now secure. It’s a lie.
Tanja Bueltmann, The Guardian, 8 December 2017
As an EU national, I take no comfort from today’s report on the progress of Brexit negotiations: we are still being shabbily treated and our futures remain in limbo.