Actor and campaigner Kate Willoughby performing as suffragette Emily Davison
Actor and campaigner Kate Willoughby performing as suffragette Emily Davison

Safeguarding the rights of UK citizens abroad
and EU citizens in the UK

Thursday 25th June 2020
17:30-19:00 UTC, 18:30-20:00 BST, 19:30-21:00 CEST

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Zoom workshop registration link

Actor and Campaigner Kate Willoughby, pictured above, will open the presentations as suffragette Emily Davison, a role she has performed in the House of Commons and other venues in the play she wrote about Emily called “To Freedom’s Cause”.

Hosted by Roger Casale. Other presenters are Glyn Ford, Rafal Skarbek, Joan Pons Laplana, Else Kvist, Dr Michaela Benson and Charlotte Gath.

The Labour Movement for Europe (LME) have invited Labour International to participate in this Zoom workshop to help create a citizens’ rights manifesto for #the5million.

Five million is the total number of EU citizens in the UK plus UK citizens in the EU. The workshop is organised by New Europeans on behalf of Labour Movement for Europe (LME), one of the Labour Party’s affiliated socialist societies.

Labour International members and their friends and family who are concerned about these issues are welcome to attend. All participants will have the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and ideas by joining in the discussions in small groups.


Round 1 

  • The host Roger Casale will appear at intervals to explain the format
  • Welcome by Glyn Ford on behalf of Labour Movement for Europe
  • Introduction by actor Kate Willoughby, in the role of suffragette Emily Davison, to New Europeans’ Citizens Rights Manifesto
  • Joan Pons Laplana, a Spanish nurse working on COVID19 frontline in Yorkshire, will call for an EU Green Card.
  • Rafal Skarbek, a Polish community worker living in Somerset, will talk about issues around Settled Status
  • Else Kvist, a Danish freelance journalist in the UK, will call for voting rights and citizenship for EU citizens.
  • Following the presentations participants will be put into zoom break-out rooms/smaller groups to discuss the issues and provide suggestions on the way forward.
  • Feedback from the first round of discussions

Round 2

  • Presentation by Dr Michaela Benson of her ​research into the effects of Brexit on British citizens living and working in Europe.
  • Charlotte Gath, doctor and health professional, will discuss Green card issues for British-European families.
  • Followed by the second session of zoom break-out discussions
  • Feedback from the second round of discussions
  • Summing up

The results will be used to contribute to a citizens rights manifesto for use by the Labour Party, in cooperation with our sister parties in Europe, to call on the UK and EU governments to make commitments to safeguarding the citizens’ rights that are in danger of being lost.


New Europeans Team in Parliament Square on Brexit Day
New Europeans Team in Parliament Square on Brexit Day
More About the New Europeans Team

Download Courage Calls: A Citizen’s Rights Manifesto for the 5 Million for further information

Make sure to pre-register to attend the workshop

If you have any queries or suggestions contact:
Tim Clapham – LI Regional Coordinator for Europe, Africa and the Middle East

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