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May’s offer on citizens’ rights is vague, a year late and will mean nothing if there is no Brexit deal

Posted: Monday 26 Jun 2017

Theresa May’s offer today on EU citizens’ rights has come a year too late, is still too vague, and will amount to nothing if the UK, as she has repeatedly threatened, crashes out of the European Union with no Brexit deal, Labour MEPs have warned.

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As EU citizens petition Brussels on loss of rights, Labour MEPs again warn Tories to stop using them as bargaining chips in Brexit talks

Posted: Thursday 11 May 2017

The rights of EU citizens in the UK cannot be used as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations, Labour MEPs have again warned ahead of a hearing in the European Parliament today on the situation and rights of EU citizens in the UK.

Labour MEP Claude Moraes, chair of the civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee, will chair the meeting, which will also hear from Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator; Anne-Laure Donskoy, of "The 3 million" group, which represents the views of EU citizens in the UK; and Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Department of Political Economy, King's College, London.

The meeting will also hear from British citizens who have petitioned the European Parliament on the involuntary loss of EU citizenship they are set to suffer as a result of Brexit, and the inalienability of EU citizens' rights.

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Instead of putting obstacles in way of EU citizens, Tories must guarantee their post-Brexit rights now, warn Labour MEPs

Posted: Wednesday 26 Apr 2017

Labour MEPs have urged Theresa May and the Tory Party to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit, as it emerged the Home Office is discouraging EU citizens from applying for permanent residence. The Labour Party yesterday said that it would guarantee the rights of EU citizens if it won the general election.


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“End the uncertainty” call from European Parliament as MEPs and Lords debate citizens’ rights

Posted: Wednesday 01 Mar 2017

Ahead of a debate today in the European Parliament on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, Labour MEPs have urged the British government to give them peace of mind by upholding their rights to remain in the UK after Brexit. The European Parliament debate takes place at the same time as the House of Lords debates amendments on citizens’ rights in the Brexit bill.

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UK influence and scrutiny of EU security policy at risk after Brexit, warns senior Euro-MP

Posted: Monday 28 Nov 2016

MEPs and representatives of national parliaments met today to discuss the framework of EU internal security policies and the democratic oversight and scrutiny of Europol’s activities – something British parliamentarians will no longer be involved in after Brexit, Labour MEPs have warned.

UK MPs and peers, including Yvette Cooper - chair of the home affairs select committee - were among those who questioned the Security Union Commissioner, Sir Julian King, and Europol director Rob Wainwright on the development of an EU Security Union and best practices for parliamentary scrutiny at the national level.

The meeting comes after the UK government’s recent confirmation it will remain part of Europol and continue to opt into cross-border crime fighting measures.

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MEPs in Lebanon: funding alone will not solve the crisis, better resettlement tools are needed

Posted: Thursday 22 Sep 2016

With around 1.5 million refugees fleeing to Lebanon since the start of the war in Syria, it is clear that the situation in the country is untenable and that substantial help is needed to avoid a complete breakdown, not only in terms of financial assistance, but also through improved resettlement tools, says Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes, who this week headed a delegation to Beirut.

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Labour MEPs: King’s approval by MEPs as EU Security Union Commissioner “great news” for Britain

Posted: Thursday 15 Sep 2016

MEPs have today approved the UK's new Commissioner-designate, Sir Julian King, as Commissioner for the Security Union.

The role will involve addressing the threat posed by returning foreign terrorist fighters; preventing and fighting radicalisation; improving information exchange; strengthening the European Counter Terrorism Centre; cutting the access of terrorists to firearms and explosives; fighting against cybercrime; and protecting citizens and critical infrastructures.


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Labour MEPs: Appointment of new EU Security Commissioner shows UK continues to have strong, positive role in Europe

Posted: Monday 12 Sep 2016

The appointment of a new British Commissioner to the Security Union portfolio will ensure the UK continues to have a strong, positive role in Europe, Labour MEPs have said ahead of Commissioner-designate Sir Julian King's confirmation hearing. He will be questioned by MEPs on the European Parliament civil liberties, justice and home affairs (LIBE) committee this evening, followed by a vote of all MEPs on Thursday.

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Post-referendum Q&A

Posted: Wednesday 27 Jul 2016

Following the referendum, what happens now? And what happens next? We answer the key questions people have been asking...

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Labour MEPs: Key questions remain over EU-US Safe Harbour data transfer agreement

Posted: Tuesday 02 Feb 2016

Labour MEPs have welcomed the progress made in the ongoing talks between the European Commission and US government on a new Safe Harbour framework, but warned that there remain a number of unanswered questions over safeguards for data collection, an independent complaints mechanism, and access to judicial redress for EU citizens.

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