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Debates
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Implementing and monitoring the provisions on citizens’ rights in the Withdrawal Agreement (B9-0031/2020)
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  Martin Horwood (Renew). – Madam President, can I enlarge on my vote just now for this Parliament’s resolution on the British Withdrawal Agreement, including its frank criticism of the UK’s inadequate and arbitrary settled status scheme, which is already unfairly treating our EU 27 friends, neighbours, colleagues and family members in the UK. And can I pay tribute to Guy Verhofstadt, who has won many fans in the UK for his relentless focus on citizens’ rights during this process – including those of Brits in the remaining EU Member States.

In paragraph 20, the resolution recognises the many UK citizens who don’t want to lose their European citizens’ rights, and calls for this lost to be mitigated. This could mean associate individual EU citizenship, which I would strongly support. If the idea of international citizens’ rights for foreign nationals seems odd, there is a successful example – and it’s Britain. We have conferred citizens’ rights on Irish citizens in Northern Ireland and across the UK, and give other citizens’ rights – including voting rights – to citizens of Malta, Cyprus and other Commonwealth countries. So it can be done, and it would prevent this unique deprivation of rights from existing European citizens.

 
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