Some of our work
Between its inception and September 2019, RIFT was affiliated to British In Europe. After an amicable separation, we are now forging ahead alone and with other groups and can draw on our various contacts in Paris, London and Brussels to continue to represent you.
This is some of what has happened in the past. Watch this space for news....
Our members have participated in many of the anti-Brexit marches and demonstrations both in the UK and in France. Check out some of our photos here.
Exiting the EU Committee, January 2017
In January 2017, written evidence was given to the Exiting the EU Committee's inquiry 'The Government's negotiating objectives: the rights of UK and EU citizens'.
The evidence was selected for publication by the Committee and was referred to in the report that came out of the inquiry. You can read it here
House of Lords EU Committee, January 2017
RIFT also gave written evidence to the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee inquiry 'Brexit: UK-EU movement of people'. We worked with Brexpats HOV for this
The Lords stated this "We strongly support the Government’s intention to protect the entitlements that UK nationals currently enjoy as a result of EU free movement rules".
Exiting the EU Committee, June 2018
On 6 June 2018, oral evidence was given at a hearing of the Exiting the EU Committee.
Assembléé Nationale Commission Spéciale, November 2018
Evidence was requested for the Commission Spéciale of the Assemblée Nationale. This was established to examine the "projet de loi". The project would permit the government to take contingency measures to protect us in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Public Bill Committee, Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill, February 2019
On 14 February 2019 evidence was given to the committee - bill in the committee stage.
Fact-finding: surveys and polls
RIFT has carried out a number of anonymous surveys and polls on various different subjects and issues, including:
Attitudes to applying for French citizenship
In January 2018 we asked members who had lived in France for more than 5 years and were therefore eligible to apply for citizenship what they felt about that prospect. The results were surprising: 40% of the 818 respondents said they would only apply 'as a last resort'.
Experiences of applying for a carte de séjour across France
In a series of six surveys carried out in summer 2018, we looked at members' experiences of applying for a carte de séjour in different préfectures across France, with the aim of identifying patterns of difficulty and recurrent issues so that we could take them up with the Ministry of the Interior.
We were able to identify préfectures with particularly long waiting times as well as those requesting documents that were not on the official list, and those incorrectly refusing to process applications.
We passed much of this information on to both the Ministry of the Interior and the British Embassy and are pleased to report that after the surveys we saw some considerable improvements and the introduction of some examples of good practice. We continue to monitor experiences at different préfectures.
The Impact of Brexit on UK Citizens Living in France
In October 2019, following input by RIFT members, our admin team representatives produced a 16 page report on the impact of Brexit on UK citizens living in France. They met with Paul Blomfield, Shadow Brexit Secretary (Labour) and Tom Brake, LibDem spoke person on Brexit and presented the report and discussed our concerns. A chance meeting also allowed the admin team to present a copy of the report to Mark Francois, a member of the Conservative party and leading figure in the European Research Group (ERG).
Working with British in Europe
Remain in France Together ceased to be a core member of British in Europe in September 2019. RIFT will now be able to focus on helping UK citizens in France and we will continue our campaign work.