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Parliamentary questions
20 April 2018
E-002232-18
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Continued exercise of EU rights by Irish citizens residing in the North after Brexit
 Answer(s) 

Under the Good Friday Agreement’s provisions for the ‘people of Northern Ireland’, they may identify as Irish, as British, or as both and accordingly hold British and Irish citizenship, without differential or detrimental treatment.

The Phase 1 Agreement explicitly provides for continuation of EU rights for Irish citizens when ‘residing in Northern Ireland’ and examination of ‘arrangements required’ to give effect to their ongoing exercise, with ‘no diminution of rights’ as a result of Brexit.

This commitment goes beyond rights of EU citizens residing in existing third countries in providing for inclusion of rights for Irish citizens normally associated with residency in a Member State.

In relation to the commitment in paragraph 52 of the Phase 1 Agreement providing for continued exercise of EU rights by Irish citizens in the North, can the Commission:
Confirm that this refers to all EU rights and opportunities normally associated with residency in a Member State, including the right to vote and stand in EU elections;
Provide a list of those rights we should expect to see included and the legal mechanisms required to vindicate those rights;
Confirm whether this commitment will apply to both Irish and British nationals born in the North?
Last updated: 8 May 2018Legal notice