Expats recognized in the Queen’s list of honors for the post-Brexit campaign
British activists living in the European Union have pledged they will continue the fight for citizens’ rights after Brexit by appearing on the Queen’s list of honors.
Immigrants became Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) and Officers of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for service to British nationals in Spain and the Union European.
Sue Wilson, President of Bremain in Spain, said London’s economy the MBE left her surprised: “The last few days have been a whirlwind of emotions. I never thought I would be honored, or even recognized, for my activism – let alone by the government I have criticized so much.
“This distinction could be a final point – an appropriate punctuation mark – on an exhausting, often painful and frustrating, but astonishing, five-year experience fighting for a better and more European future.
Keep up the fight
“But I’m far from ready to give up this fight. There is still so much work to be done and Brexit and this government still have the power to push me into action.
She added, “Once the dust settles, I no longer see my gong making a difference in the way I work or in my goals. I don’t know if this will affect the way I am perceived or treated by politicians, but I hope it will allow my voice to be heard and listened to, maybe in new places.
“Most importantly, I hope the voices of the British across Europe will be taken more seriously. We have lost so much that we have enjoyed. We must never stop fighting to get it back, if not for our own good. at least for the sake of our children, our grandchildren and our country. ”
2 / For 5 years, Sue worked tirelessly to campaign for the rights of the British in Spain, her previous fight against Brexit, and to continue to keep the government fulfilling its promises. We couldn’t be happier that she was honored in this way.
Sue, you are awesome! @ukinspain
– BremainInSpain (@BremainInSpain) June 11, 2021
Debbie Williams, founder of Brexpats – Hear Our Voice said she felt “a little overwhelmed” and grateful for all the messages she had been inundated with on becoming MBE.
The price “cannot make up for the pain of Brexit”
Williams said she and Wilson “would rather not have a Brexit at all”. She said they had not campaigned for awards, but she hopes the MBE will make a difference for citizens’ rights.
Talk to Northeast guidelines, she said: “I am very clear on one thing though: countless people have suffered because of Brexit and no reward will make up for it. I hope this is a step in the right direction for everyone account. “
She added: “Rights have been lost. Our accomplishments are insignificant compared to what has been lost. I would like to expand the network we have created to include all UK citizens who have engaged in a positive debate on migration and the protection of all rights. One way or another, we have to pave the way for the future of people mobility.
3 / Congratulations again. Not only our president @ Suewilson91 received an MBE today, but so did she, and her friend Bremain, Debbie Williams from @BrexpatsHOV, Debbie, we are absolutely delighted for you. Thank you very much for everything you have done on our behalf. Two amazing women pic.twitter.com/YmpZwaSvko
– BremainInSpain (@BremainInSpain) June 11, 2021
Recognition is “important”
Jane Golding and Fiona Godfrey, co-chairs of British in Europe, have both received OBEs.
They said the nomination came mainly from British nationals in Europe, whose rights they have been fighting for since 2017.
And they said campaigns such as Harry Schindler’s Votes for Life have shown “how important British recognition is” to the rights campaign.
Schindler also received an OBE for his “tireless” fight for the rights of Britons abroad and for restoring their right to vote in the UK general election after living abroad for over 15 years.
In a statement, Golding and Godfrey said they accepted the honors on behalf of their committee and group members: “They went above and beyond the call of duty by giving so much of their time and effort. energy to help other UK citizens who lacked a political voice during and after the UK Brexit referendum.
Michael Harris from Eurocitizens also received an MBE.
In Limbo, a campaign group for EU citizens’ rights in the UK, expressed their joy to learn that Brexpats have been recognized for their work. “It is such an encouragement to keep fighting the good fight that is still going on,” the group said.
In limbo, activist Cosi Doerfel Hill said: “This government has thrown our twins – the EU Brits – under the bus, but Sue Wilson and Debbie Williams are incredible defenders fighting back! It’s great to see them get MBEs.
“Perhaps our plight for citizens’ rights is not completely forgotten.”
This government threw our twins – the EU Brits – under the bus, but @ Suewilson91 of @BremainInSpain& Debbie Williams from @BrexpatsHOV are amazing defenders who fight!
It’s great to see them get MBEs. Maybe our plight for citizens’ rights is not completely forgotten https://t.co/3LhUtaIwEj
– Cosi Doerfel Hill #InLimbo #TimesUp #MeToo #FBPE (@CosiDoerfel) June 12, 2021
Ladies, you 100% deserve this honor and we are so proud of you.
It’s such an encouragement to keep fighting the good fight that is still going on https://t.co/eOh3wNZhNY
– In limbo (@InLimboBrexit) June 12, 2021
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