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newsLaunch of ECI on maintaining EU citizenship post Brexit

The objectives of the European Citizens Initiative on Permanent EU Citizenship is to gather sufficient support so that the Commission will come up with workable proposals that would mean that once you are recognised as an EU citizen then those rights cannot be taken away, thereby preventing the collective loss of rights that many people have enjoyed to date.

The objectives of the European Citizens Initiative are as follows:

"EU citizens elect the European Parliament and participate in its work, thus exercising treaty rights, enhancing Union democracy, and reinforcing its citizenship. Noting the ECJ’s view of Union citizenship as a ‘fundamental status’ of nationals of Member States, and that Brexit will strip millions of EU citizens of this status and their vote in European elections, requests the Commission propose means to avoid risk of collective loss of EU citizenship and rights, and assure all EU citizens that, once attained, such status is permanent and their rights acquired.

Anyone wishing to sign this initiative can find further details at http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/public/initiatives/open/details/2018/000003