Dear European Parliament,
Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information on my rights as a UK citizen to maintain my EU rights after Brexit. Is it right that the British Government can cede my current rights to EU citizenship by leaving the EU.
Dear Mr Rodney,
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your rightd as a UK citizen after Brexit. Your request is not about
specific documents but rather about information, therefore we have
transmitted your email to the competent service of the EP. They will reply
in the shortest possible delay.
Directorate-General for the Presidency
Interinstitutional Affairs and Legislative
Dear Mr Howard,
The Citizens’ Enquiries Unit of the European Parliament (EP) has been
asked to reply to your request for information regarding Brexit.
Please note that your message has been read attentively and its contents
We wish to inform you that when a Member State decides to withdraw from
the EU, it shall notify the European Council of its intention under the
Article 50 procedure provided for in the Treaty on European Union. A
two-year period of negotiations is subsequently foreseen.
In the case of the UK, this two-year period began when the UK informed the
EU of its intention to leave by letter of 29 March 2017. The European
Parliament adopted a resolution on negotiations with the United Kingdom
following its notification that it intends to withdraw from the European
Union on 5 April 2017. Subsequently, the European Council adopted its
guidelines for the Brexit negotiations on 29 April 2017.
The EU is represented in the Brexit negotiations by Mr Michel Barnier, as
Chief Negotiator. His taskforce at the European Commission coordinates
the work on all strategic, operational, legal and financial issues related
to the negotiations. Mr Guy Verhofstadt was nominated as Parliament’s
Brexit representative, and he works closely with Parliament’s
Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) Committee and Parliament’s Brexit
On 8 December 2017, the United Kingdom and the European Commission
announced that an agreement on the first phase of the negotiations had
been reached. The agreement is available in this communication, as well
as in this joint report and joint technical note. A Q&A on
citizens’ rights is available here.
The Plenary of the European Parliament held a debate on the state of
play in the Brexit negotiations on 13 December 2017 and adopted a
resolution by 556 votes in favour, 62 against and 68 abstentions.
Parliament welcomed the joint progress report presented by the EU and UK
negotiators. The resolution confirmed that sufficient progress has been
made, and that the negotiations may move on to the second phase.
Following the Parliament’s debate and Resolution, the European Council
agreed on 15 December 2017, that progress was sufficient to move to the
next phase and adopted guidelines for the second phase of the Brexit
It should be noted that subjects of interest to citizens such as the
migration of EU citizens to the UK, or EU freedom of movement for UK
citizens, or any future arrangements on citizenship, may be settled during
the Article 50 negotiations. However, it is not possible at this time to
foresee what the final result of these negotiations might be. Whatever the
outcome, the withdrawal agreement is to be concluded ‘on behalf of the
Union, by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the
consent of the European Parliament’ according to Article 50 (2) of the
The European Parliament has produced a number of studies and
publications on Brexit and its consequences which may be of interest to
If you wish to keep abreast of further developments please consult the top
story on the impact and consequences of Brexit on the EP website.
We thank you for contacting the European Parliament.
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