As we pass the 500 day mark since the referendum, 4- 5m million EU27citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe continue to feel insecure about their future status.
It is not just EU27 citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe who are affected so profundly by the outcome of the referendum - all UK citizens will lose rights when the UK leaves the EU.
However, the loss of rights by EU27citizens in the UK and Britons in the EU presents a particular legal, moral and political dilemma.
For many individuals and families, the prolonged uncertainty about their future is now having a measurable impact on their emotional and psychological well-being:
It is this psychological impact, which we are now able to evidence, that gives rise to a potential violation of the right to private and family life.
In a powerful contribution to the debate, Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, Director of Britain in Europe at Brunel University, has argued that cases could be brought before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights as a result of this prolonged uncertainty.
EU citizens’ rights and Brexit negotiations: both sides could be violating human rights law,
The Conversation, 8 Nov. 2017
New Europeans is now seeking funds to support an application to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of EU27 citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe who are suffering psychological distress as a result of the continued lack of certainty about their future status and rights.
We are also raising money to sustain our lobbying campaign in Brussels, Strasbourg and Westminster.
On 14th November, Dr Ruvi Ziegler, Associate Professor at the University of Reading School of Law will address a meeting of the European Parliamentary Association in Stasbourg on behalf of New Europeans on "The Rights of European Citizens in the Face of Brexit."
On the 15th November, Maria Spirova, award-winning journalist, Raluca Enescu, New Europeans London , Dr Ruvi Ziegler and Roger Casale , founder of New Europeans, will brief MEPs in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
This work is being led and facilitated by Julie Ward MEP and her team.
Julie has put the issue of the EU's responsibility to UK citizens in the EU firmly on the European Parliament's agenda and kept it there. Our visit will build on this.
We will also hold meetings at the Council of Europe, to brief the Council on the test cases we are bringing forward under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
On Friday, 17th November we will hold the first of a two part conference series with the Association for the Defence of Human Rights in Europe on "The Human Rights impact of Brexit".
It has becoming increasingly clear that there can be no acceptable outcome to the negotiations between the UK and the EU that involves a loss of rights.
European Parliament Report on latest round of negotiations
The only way to secure the status quo by means of parallel unilateral guarantees in primary legislation in the EU and the UK respectively and then secured for posterity through an international treaty.
The EU should set an example and give immediate, comprehensive and unilateral guarantees to all UK citizens in the EU outside the scope of the Article 50 negotiations NOW.
We believe it will then only be a question of time before international and domestic pressure forces the UK to do the same for EU27 citizens in the UK.
If the UK government fails to yield to this pressure (and/or parliament fails to pass the necessary amendment to the EU withdrawal bill) then the EU should not allow negotiations with the UK to go through to the second stage.
We do not want a fudged deal on citizens' rights over the top of 4-5m people's heads which invovles any kind of reduction in their rights or their status. That would be compltely unacceptable.
In view of the the prolonged and increasing suffering of EU27citizens and Britons in Europe, we call on the EU to take a bold stance and secure #UnilateralguaranteesNOW for UK citizens in the EU.
The rights of #EU27 citizens in the UK will follow because it would no longer be in the UK's interest to withhold them.