21st February 2016
Dzień dobry (Polish)

So we have some confirmation on what the EU deal is, though how a lot of it will be implemented remains uncertain.  On free movement, the agreed position is not far off the draft declaration, so the draft declaration examples from earlier still stand.  I am however not a lawyer nor an EU expert, so this is very much just a lay interpretation of the deal.  It is also very possible I have made a mistake or the examples are not as clear as they could be - if you spot something that sounds not quite right, please let me know and I'll be happy to correct where required.  Also worth keeping an eye on Steve Peers' blog as mentioned earlier.  In essence, free movement and Surinder Singh are still there, but they will be harder.  If the reform as agreed is adopted, there should hopefully be transitional protection for those who have already got an Article 10 Residence Card, but like how the bulk of the rest of the deal will be implemented, we still await details.

This is the deal that the other 27 member states have agreed to, if UK decides on 23rd June this year that it wants to remain part of the EU.  What the alternative is, if we vote for out is uncertain.  Retaining free trade with the bloc may well mean remaining part of the EEA, and to date, that has meant retaining free movement.  
Those who are living overseas should ensure they are registered to vote, and check their entitlement to have their say in this referendum.  An out and cessation of free movement is likely to mean catastrophic not just for families, but for the wider population, if UK pensioners can no longer retire in sunny Spain or younger, mobile Brits cannot take up lucrative positions in the rest of Europe or if even we as tourists need to get a schengen visa in order to visit Euro Disney or party in Alicante.

With the Supreme Court case over the next three days, there have been several briefings and articles on the case, what it means, and why.  All below.

Here's to hoping that through the judges we see the compassion and common sense that has been so lacking from our elected representatives. #MMcase


Some of you will be attending in person.  There is a Facebook events page on which attendees are discussing the hearing, when they're coming, where from and how. 

The hearing will also be broadcast online for those unable to attend, which you can watch live from the Supreme Court's website.

Finally, whether attending in person, watching on line or tuning in when you can, Twitter users can use the hashtag #MMcase to keep up with the hearing and related stories.


We have released a joint briefing with Migrants Rights' Network on the rules and what we hope we will see as a result of the Supreme Court hearing.

The website of the lead solicitors of the #MMcase, J M Wilson, is also worth keeping an eye on.


A few articles have been published recently on the rules and the hearing.
Some journalists will be coming to the hearing over the next few days and are likely to want to hear how the rules have affected you .

It's important we get our message across as even now, nearly four years on, too many people just don't know that the government has taken away rights as basic as being able to live with family, from British citizens.

A reminder of what happened in the Court of Appeal, which has led to this Supreme Court hearing is here.

Not directly to do with the MMcase, but....on the other side of the pond, Bernie Sanders who is vying to be the Democratic Party's presidential candidate said immigration reform should be about keeping families together, not dividing them up.   Respect.


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