I welcome the plan by the European Union to give British citizens "EU status" when and if Britain finally leaves. It must be remembered that British citizens enjoy some privileges as a result of Britain’s membership of the European club which would disappear post-Brexit. One of my biggest concerns is whether or not British citizens would need work permits as a result of their non-EU status. But the EU plan is a good one. The only drawback, as we reported two weeks ago, is that British citizens may have to pay the EU for their EU status.

Now, it all works well and nicely as far as the European Union is concerned but what about the British government? You could have a situation where two million British citizens are members of the EU (basically those living in the EU) and 50 million (those living in Britain) who are not. Also, as EU citizens would it mean that Britons would not get the same treatment from the British government? The situation is complex but I am willing to give the EU the benefit of the doubt.

Apart from work permits, British citizens may also lose their vote in the local elections on the island and of course in the European elections. The British government has said that it wants to resolve the status of British citizens leaving in EU countries post-Brexit as soon as possible and there is much speculation. However, it appears that at least the EU cares about British citizens living in the Europe and is willing to make our lives slightly easier when Britain departs.

I started this article by saying "when and if" Britain leaves because I am still not convinced that the UK will ever really exit. There is so much to do that I can see the issue dragging on for years. In the meantime we can look forward to plenty more speculation about our status and what we will need post-Brexit.


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Sara / Hace over 4 years

Simon: my comment was simply in reply to Palmadave who asked for a legal document that referred to "EU citizen" as apparently he had never heard of the term. I wasn't attempting to express an opinion on its application or on immigration or on anything else.


Simon Tow / Hace over 4 years

Sara, it seems that nowadays even illegal immigrants also are. Your link goes as far back as 1993. A lot has happened since then, things that the "founding fathers" didn´t take into account or didn´t even contemplate. After nearly 25 years things need to change before the building collapses.


S. / Hace over 4 years

The longer it takes to effect Article 50, the longer the " MESS " of options, and rhetoric, towards Britain will continue. But it just shows that France are showing their objectionable attitude already. How much longer will it be, before other EU Countries start to show their objections. It is fast becoming a farcical " Brexit ".. I agree though, it could take several years to resolve this 'Mess'.


Sara / Hace over 4 years

"Any person who holds the nationality of an EU country is automatically also an EU citizen. EU citizenship is additional to and does not replace national citizenship. It is for each EU country to lay down the conditions for the acquisition and loss of nationality of that country." http://ec.europa.eu/justice/citizen/


Palmadave / Hace over 4 years

Jason, Please tell of a legal document that states 'citizen of Europe? Theres no such thing.


Richard Pearson / Hace over 4 years

Women and children also had privileges whilst the Titanic was sinking.