Subject: Update for EU citizens living in the UK
Subject: UPDATE FOR UK CITIZENS LIVING IN THE EU AND EU CITIZENS LIVING IN THE UK
Date: Monday, 11 December 2017, 19:44:31 CET
(THERE’S NO COMMA WHICH IMPLIES THAT I AM THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE UK. EDITOR’S NOTE).
As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, I am proud that more than three million EU citizens have chosen to make your homes and livelihoods here in our country.
AS PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, I AM PROUD THAT MORE THAN THREE MILLION EU CITIZENS HAVE CHOSEN TO MAKE THEIR HOMES AND LIVELIHOODS IN THIS COUNTRY.
I greatly value the depth of the contributions you make – enriching every part of our economy, our society, our culture and our national life.
I GREATLY VALUE THE DEPTH OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS WE BOTH MAKE – ENRICHING EVERY PART OF THIS ECONOMY, THIS SOCIETY, CULTURE AND NATIONAL LIFE (should simply be national life, no pronoun. Editor’s note).
I know our country would be poorer if you left and I want you to stay.
I KNOW THIS COUNTRY WOULD BE POORER WITHOUT YOU AND IT’S A GOOD THING THAT YOU ARE HERE. (UNLESS IT’S A LOVE LETTER IN DISGUISE, EDITOR’S NOTE).
So from the very beginning of the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union I have
consistently said that protecting your rights has been my first priority.
SO FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE UK’s NEGOTIATIONS TO LEAVE THE EUROPEAN UNION WE HAVE CONSISTENTLY SAID THAT PROTECTING EU NATIONAL RIGHTS IN THE UK AND UK NATIONAL RIGHTS IN THE EU HAS BEEN OUR FIRST PRIORITY.
You made your decision to live here without any expectation that the UK would leave the EU. So I have said that I want you to be able carry on living your lives as before.
Having made the decision to live in the U.K. without any expectation that the UK would leave the EU, it is paramount for EU citizens living in the UK to be able to carry on living their lives as before.
But I know that on an issue of such significance for you and your families, there has been an underlying anxiety which could only be addressed when the fine details of some very complex and technical issues had been worked through and the foundations for a formal agreement secured.
But I know that on an issue of such significance for EU citizens and their families settled in the U.K., there has been an underlying anxiety which could only be addressed when the fine details of some very complex and technical issues had been worked through and the foundations for a formal agreement secured.
So I am delighted that in concluding the first phase of the negotiations that is exactly what we have achieved.
So I am delighted that in concluding the first phase of the negotiations that is exactly what WE have BOTH achieved.
The details are set out in the Joint Report on progress published on Friday by the UK government and the European Commission.
When we leave the European Union, you will have your rights written into UK law. This will be done through the Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill which we will bring forward after we have completed negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement itself.
When WE leave the European Union, WE will both retain OUR rights as written into the UK law.
This will be done through the Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill which WE will bring forward after WE have completed negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement itself.
Your rights will then be enforced by UK courts. Where appropriate, our courts will pay due regard to relevant ECJ case law, and we have also agreed that for a period of eight years – where existing case law is not clear – our courts will be able to choose to ask the ECJ for an interpretation prior to reaching their own decision. So as we take back control of our laws, you can be confident not only that your rights will be protected in our courts, but that there will be a consistent interpretation of these rights in the UK and in the European Union.
OUR rights will then be enforced by UK courts AND EU COURTS. Where appropriate, THESE courts will pay due regard to relevant ECJ case law, and WE have also agreed that for a period of eight years – where existing case law ARE not clear – THESE COURTS will be able to choose to ask the European Court of Justice (ECJ), for an interpretation prior to reaching THE DECISION. So as WE take back control of OUR courts, but that there will be a consistent interpretation of RIGHTS BOTH IN THE UK AND IN THE EUROPEAN UNION.
We have agreed with the European Commission that we will introduce a new settled status scheme under UK law for EU citizens and their family members, covered by the Withdrawal Agreement.
WE have agreed with the European Commission that TOGETHER WE will introduce a new settled status scheme under UK law for EU citizens and their family members, covered by the Withdrawal Agreement AND A NEW SETTLED STATUS SCHEME UNDER EU LAW FOR UK CITIZENS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS, ALSO COVERED BY THE WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UK AND THE EU.
If you already have five years of continuous residence in the UK at the point we leave the EU – on 29 March 2019 – you will be eligible for settled status. And if you have been here for less than five years you will be able to stay until you have reached the five year threshold.
ANYONE WHO HAS ALREADY HAD FIVE YEARS OF CONTINUOUS RESIDENCE IN THE UK AT THE POINT OF THE UK LEAVING THE EU – ON 29 MARCH 2019 – WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR SETTLED STATUS. ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN IN THE UK FOR LESS THAN FIVE YEARS WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE LIVING IN THE UK UNTIL THEY WILL HAVE REACHED THE FIVE YEAR THRESHOLD.
As a result of the agreement we have reached in the negotiations, with settled status, your close family members will be free to join you here in the UK after we have left the EU. This includes existing spouses, unmarried partners, children, dependent parents and grandparents, as well as children born or adopted outside of the UK after 29 March 2019.
AS A RESULT OF THE AGREEMENT OUR COUNTRIES HAVE REACHED IN THE NEGOTIATIONS, WITH SETTLED STATUS, CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS WILL BE FREE TO JOIN THEIR FAMILIES IN THE UK AND IN THE EU ONCE THE UK HAS LEFT THE EU. THIS INCLUDES EXISTING SPOUSES, UNMARRIED PARTNERS, CHILDREN, DEPENDENT PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS, AS WELL AS CHILDREN BORN OR ADOPTED OUTSIDE OF THE UK OR OUTSIDE OF THE EU AFTER 29 MARCH 2019.
Your healthcare rights, pension and other benefit provisions will remain the same as they are today. This means that those of you who have paid into the UK system – and indeed UK nationals who have paid into the system of an EU Member State – can benefit from what you have put in and continue to benefit from existing co-ordination rules for future contributions.
THE HEALTHCARE RIGHTS, PENSION AND OTHER BENEFIT PROVISIONS WILL REMAIN THE SAME AS THEY ARE TODAY. THIS MEANS THAT THOSE WHO HAVE PAID INTO THE UK SYSTEM AND THOSE WHO HAVE PAID INTO THE EU SYSTEM CAN BENEFIT FROM WHAT THEY HAVE PUT IN AND CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM EXISTING CO-ORDINATION RULES FOR FUTURE CONTRIBUTIONS.
We have also agreed to protect the rights of those who are in a cross-border situation at the point of our withdrawal and entitled to a UK European Health Insurance Card. This includes, for example, tourists for the duration of their stay, students for the duration of their course and UK nationals resident in another EU Member State.
AN AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THOSE WHO ARE IN A CROSS-BORDER SITUATION, BOTH IN THE UK AND IN THE EU, AT THE POINT OF THE UK WITHDRAWAL AND ENTITLED TO A UK EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD. THIS INCLUDES, FOR EXAMPLE, TOURISTS FOR THE DURATION OF THEIR STAY, STUDENTS FOR THE DURATION OF THEIR COURSES AND UK AND EU NATIONALS RESIDENT IN ANOTHER EU MEMBER STATE.
The agreement we have reached includes reciprocal rules to protect existing decisions to
recognise professional qualifications – for example for doctors and architects. And it also enables you to be absent from the UK for up to five years without losing your settled status – more than double the period allowed under current EU law.
THE REACHED AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EU AND THE UK INCLUDES RECIPROCAL RULES TO PROTECT EXISTING DECISIONS TO RECOGNISE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS – FOR EXAMPLE THOSE SUCH AS DOCTORS AND ARCHITECTS. AND IT ALSO ENABLES BOTH EU AND UK NATIONALS TO BE ABSENT FROM EITHER THE UK OR THE EU – AS THE CASE MAY BE – FOR UP TO FIVE YEARS WITHOUT LOSING THEIR SETTLED STATUS – MORE THAN DOUBLE THE PERIOD CURRENTLY ALLOWED UNDER EU LAW ALONE.
There will be a transparent, smooth and streamlined process to enable you to apply for settled status from the second half of next year. It will cost no more than applying for a passport. And if you already have a valid permanent resident document you will be able to have your status converted to settled status free of charge.
THERE WILL BE A TRANSPARENT, SMOOTH AND STREAMLINED PROCESS TO ENABLE EU AND UK NATIONALS TO APPLY FOR SETTLED STATUS FROM THE SECOND HALF OF NEXT YEAR. IT WILL COST NO MORE THAN APPLYING FOR A PASSPORT. AND IF THEY ALREADY HAVE A VALID PERMANENT RESIDENT DOCUMENT, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE THEIR STATUS CONVERTED TO SETTLED STATUS FREE OF CHARGE. THIS APPLIES BOTH TO EU NATIONALS LIVING IN THE UK AND TO UK NATIONALS LIVING IN THE EU.
We are also working closely with Switzerland and EEA Member States to ensure their citizens in the UK also benefit from these arrangements.
BOTH THE EU AND THE UK ARE ALSO CLOSELY WORKING WITH SWITZERLAND AND EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA (EEA) MEMBER STATES TO ENSURE THOSE CITIZENS LIVING IN THE UK OR IN THE EU ALSO BENEFIT FROM THE ABOVE MENTIONED ARRANGEMENTS.
I have spent many hours discussing these issues with all of the other 27 EU leaders over the last eighteen months as well as with President Juncker, President Tusk and the EU’s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier. I am confident that when the European Council meets later this week it will agree to proceed on this basis. And I will do everything I can to ensure that we do.
MANY HOURS HAVE BEEN SPENT DISCUSSING THESE ISSUES WITH ALL OF THE TWENTY-SEVEN EU LEADERS OVER THE LAST EIGHTEEN MONTHS AS WELL AS PRESIDENT JUNCKER, PRESIDENT TUSK AND THE EU’S CHIEF NEGOTIOATOR MICHEL BARNIER
So right now, you do not have to do anything at all. You can look forward, safe in the knowledge that there is now a detailed agreement on the table in which the UK and the EU have set out how we intend to preserve your rights – as well as the rights of UK nationals living in EU countries. For we have ensured that these negotiations put people first. That is what I promised to do and that is what I will continue to do at every stage of this process.
SO RIGHT NOW, THERE IS NOTHING ANY OF US NEED TO DO AT ALL. WE CAN LOOK FORWARD, SAFE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THERE IS NOW A DETAILED AGREEMENT ON THE TABLE IN WHICH THE EU AND THE UK HAV SET OUT HOW THEY INTEND TO PRESERVE EU AND UK CITIZENS’ RIGHTS. IT HAS BEEN ENSURED THAT SUCH NEGOTIATIONS WOULD PUT PEOPLE FIRST. SUCH IS THE AIM WE ARE ENSURING TO ACHIEVE THROUGHOUT EVERY STAGE OF THE PROCESS.
I wish you and all your families a great Christmas and a very happy New Year.
I WISH EVERYONE A GREAT CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Theresa May, Prime Minister
Theresa May, prime Minister
In this post I am replying to an article I saw published on Elephant Journal entitled: “Dear Men: if you answer YES to any of these questions, you may be the reason someone else says, Me, Too.”
I am not anti-feminist, in fact I am a strong supporter of women’s rights but too much is too much. Although I enjoyed reading the above mentioned article and found a lot of truth in it, I would like to point out where, in my opinion, this #MeToo movement is taking things too far.
Here’s my take on the author’s questions; both from personal experience, i.e., similar or same experiences that have happened to me, and from my point of view:
Below, the questions raised in the article and my answers to them:
” Have you ever touched a person without his/her express consent?”
Well, I’ve been touched many times without my consent but no big deal, usually a firm WTF ends the unwanted attention.
“Have you ever asked a woman why she wasn’t smiling or told her she’d look better if she smiled?”
OK, this happens a lot and I admit that it is extremely annoying — especially if one’s cat has just died — for it portraits the nasty stereotype that women should just smile and open their legs, no matter what. So Kudos Here to the author!
“Have you ever sent an unsolicited message commenting on a stranger’s looks?”
Very annoying but easily dismissed.
“Have you ever catcalled another person?”
Hello! I grew up in Italy. is this a joke? Daily, of course. It’s harmless and might even make one smile as she/he walks away.
“Have you ever made an inappropriate sexual joke?”
Better an inappropriate sexual joke than a racist, anti-Semitic one. Just don’t laugh — lest you find it funny — and look at the person with a long, blank stare instead.
“Have you ever shown your genitals to someone without their express request? This could be in person or by message. (If you’ve ever sent an unsolicited d*ck pic, this is you.)”
I was seventeen, it was late evening in Winter, I was walking down a very dark, narrow street in London when, pushed against a brick wall, really close to me, a guy opened his raincoat and flashed me. Bit of a shock but I walked on unharmed. Much worse that time in Italy when the same thing happened — albeit in broad day light — and the guy proceeded to show me what looked like — to my very quick glance — a cut-off penis on a piece of cardboard. Walked away more quickly than in the instance above and remained — to this day — rather puzzled but again nothing to keep me up at night.
“Have you ever flirted with or made sexual advances to a person who could be considered subordinate to you in a professional situation?”
Oh, please, of course they have. Most of them if they had a chance. Perhaps to the secretary with the fake boobs, the short skirt, high heels and fake lips? Plain Jane, I assume, was spared the un-wanted attention and the huge amount of work that it took to keep them at bay while keeping the job. I am not contradicting myself here. Let’s not forget that just as (most) women have an instinctive protective nature, (most) men have an instinctive urge to spread their semen to populate the World. Some things are just in the genes and it takes a very evolved person to correct that in themselves.
“Have you ever laughed at jokes about rape or assault?”
I guess things like Trump saying, “they want to be pussy-grabbed.” Bad taste is bad taste. Without action on intent it isn’t illegal.
“Have you ever put your hands on a man/woman without their permission while dancing in a club or bar?”
For real?! Does the author live in a Mormon community?!?!
“Have you ever had sex with a person who was inebriated and, therefore, incapable of providing consent?”
Well, if you have, that’s RAPE. (Finally a decent — no pun intended — question).
“Have you ever continued to touch someone who said no?”
Of course they have, sometimes it takes a bit more effort to push them away but, as long as the final result IS to push them away, again, not much harm done. Life’s a bitch; assertiveness is a daily constant, not just physically but — even more difficult to realize — emotionally too.
“Have you ever made repeated sexual advances to someone who has said no?”
Well then you are a resilient son of a bitch who, I hope, got punched in the nose and now feels like a total idiot – that you are – yet, if your “repeated” sexual advances were successfully aborted, there’s no legal case there either.
Why am I, a woman and a feminist writing this? Because I have had most of the experiences described above — and much, much worse — through the course of my life thus, I can make the difference between sexual harassment and idiocy.
Also, I am no celebrity looking for publicity (thank god), and I’m smart enough to acknowledge that if I walk around scantily dressed and acting provocatively I might be sending out “wrong” signals.
A final example. In my late teens, at a casting, the guy took me to his office and asked me to perform a fellatio on him. I told him he was disgusting, walked away an enrolled in university. Personal choices…
Let’s cut the average bloke some slack and concentrate on real sexual offenders, of which there are many, in varied, disgusting forms. Shall we?
My dear friend,
Thank you for your letter and my most sincere condolences for the loss of your friend.
All you say is very true and well, indeed.
As someone who’s tried it twice in the last year – and God only knows how the Hell I am still alive – well, what I wanted to say is that sometimes it’s just too much; and yes, someone could have tried harder; how could I do this to those who love me and I have responsibilities towards and all the rest but, in the end, it makes no difference because the truth is that, sometimes – please note that this is a daily struggle, often a few times a day too; a struggle with a life we don’t want to keep on living and the survival instinct that makes us say: “Maybe, tomorrow.” – it’s just too much and all we long for is the peace we know and remember being our true selves. And then it happens: an enormous calm enters one’s body and mind and without further ado one commits the act. No thoughts whatsoever, just an automatic response in an almost dream-like state.
I’m not going to add how the decision then happens for I don’t want to put ideas in anyone’s mind. I stop here.
Blessings to you all and to the ones you have lost.
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In Turkey, mostly a Muslim country, they have restrained the time when one’s allowed to buy alcohol, regardless of the fact that 90% of people living there claim to have never had a drink in their lives.
In Toronto, Canada, I went to an Indian restaurant. I got in and the waitress asked me if I was thinking of having a drink with my meal. Dumbfounded, I asked why she wanted to know. She explained that I couldn’t sit in the Veranda if I was going to order a beer with my meal in order to avoid young people ~ passing by ~ seeing me having a good time and thinking they’d do the same once they’d be grown up.
If I wanted to have a beer with my Indian meal, I would have to sit where I was not facing the street.
In fact, in the whole city of Toronto, one can’t buy any sort of alcohol in supermarkets. One would have to go to a place on the outskirts of Toronto, marked XXX, where winos hang around; and one would need a car to get there.
I did manage to find a place near-by selling wine. I bought a bottle of San Giovese for $CAD 10,00.
The same bottle of wine costs me €1 at the local supermarket in Milan, Italy. You do the arithmetic.
Back to Milan, I went to the local supermarket and overheard fourteen-year-old kids talking on their mobiles to their school mates trying to decide what kind of booze to get for the end-of-school party: ” Okay then, a bottle of Vodka; some beer; some Cranberry juice; Martini; Prosecco; Negroni and some Pineapple juice should do it, yeah?”
As I follow the news I can’t help but reflect that so many things are just the same all over the world.
I remember my grandmother telling me to always walk keeping my gaze downwards; to smile without showing my gums, and to keep my my mouth close or I’ll eat flies–difficult thing to do with swollen adenoids.
In fact, my grandma deemed me too pretty not to be morally deformed by it.
My naturally parted lips were obviously a cause for concern as was my sitting by the window in modern-days London, England, in a Georgian house belonging to a white upper-class Anglican family.
“Don’t you EVER make me catch you again sitting by the window looking out on the street. My, people will think we are running a brothel in here!”
So I can’t help but reflect:
Is Western society really that different from what we like to consider less-evolved ones?
Isn’t it time things changed? It is, after all, 2015….