Associated EU citizenship: not a simple matter

Associated EU citizenship: not a simple matter

16 December 2016

Many people have written to me about associated EU citizenship for nationals of a former Member State. Understandably, this is, of course, an attractive proposal to the millions of people in the UK who voted to Remain and wish to stay part of the European project and retain some of their EU rights. If it were proposed as a future treaty amendment, as Charles Goerens MEP laid out in his now withdrawn amendment to a draft report,  it is not such a straightforward matter. Treaty amendments must be agreed by all Member States and ratified by their national parliament or referendum - which is not on the cards at the moment. Guy Verhofstadt the European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator has proposed that associated citizenship is tagged onto Brexit negotiations, but it’s not clear whether the member states will support this. Labour MEPs will, of course, make the case for the retention of as many EU rights and freedoms as possible for UK citizens in the Government’s Brexit negotiations. 

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