ON 13 SEPTEMBER 2017, EU CITIZENS IN THE UK AND BRITISH CITIZENS IN THE EU LOBBIED TOGETHER TO PROTECT THEIR #CITIZENSRIGHTS AFTER BREXIT
British in Europe and the3million organised a mass lobby of Parliament as part of a "day of action" on Wednesday 13 September asking MPs to fully protect our rights after Brexit, so we can stay in the countries we love. The mass lobby was an afternoon event when EU citizens and their British family and friends, along with British citizens living in other EU countries, arranged to meet with their MP in Parliament to raise their concerns and tell their own story.
Over 1,000 constituents and 90 MPs took part in the event in Westminster, whereas 295 MPs were engaged on Twitter.
Programme for our day of action
12 noon Emmanuel Centre opened to lobbyists
1pm-2pm Emmanuel Centre – statements of support from a cross-party group of MPs
2pm-6pm Parliament Committee Rooms 8 and 9 - lobbyists met with their MP
6pm Trafalgar Square rally started
8pm (latest) Trafalgar Square rally ended
For everything you need to know about the mass lobby and our campaign to guarantee citizens' rights after Brexit, download and print our briefing.
What happened on the day
1,000 or so EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU heard statements of support for the campaign from a cross-party group of MPs, and British in Europe and the3million and partners talked about the campaign and the importance of protecting citizens’ rights in a solid bilateral agreement.
The following MPs spoke at the Emmanuel Centre:
Dominic Grieve MP (Chair, Conservative Group for Europe)
Paul Blomfield MP (Labour - Shadow Minister for Exiting the European Union)
Joanna Cherry MP (SNP - Shadow Spokesperson for Justice and Home Affairs)
Ed Davey MP (Liberal Democrat - Shadow Home Secretary)
DO YOU REMEMBER? ON 20 FEBRUARY 2017, WE ORGANISED THE FIRST MASS LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT BY EU CITIZENS
IN FEBRUARY 2017, WE ORGANISED THE FIRST MASS LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT BY EU CITIZENS
On that day, over a thousand EU citizens living in the UK came to Westminster to meet their MP asking for their support. This was an important step in the strategy to make citizens' rights the first issue of the Brexit negotiations so a massive thank you to all those who took park. It worked!
The event was timed to coincide with the One Day Without Us national day of action.