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EU Citizenship Rights

If you hold the nationality of an EU Member State, you are also an EU citizen. EU citizenship does not replace your national citizenship, it adds to it.

EU citizenship gives you many freedoms and opportunities, such as the right to travel, live and work throughout the EU, and the right to vote and stand as a candidate in municipal and European Parliament elections wherever you live in the EU.

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Read this briefing by the European Parliamentary Research Service.

EU citizenship Rights (March 2017)
EU citizens & their rights factsheet
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Brexit & EU Citizens' Rights

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Brexit has created uncertainty in the lives of EU27 citizens in the UK.

Read the European Commission Memo: a Q&A on the rights of EU27 and UK citizens post-Brexit, as outlined in the Joint Report from the Negotiators of the EU and the UK Government.

European Commission Memo (December 2017)

Read the UK government's guide to settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families.

Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families

Read the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's advice for European Londoners.

Advice for European Londoners
 

The draft Withdrawal Agreement provides for the continuation of EU workers' current rights after Brexit. This video explains which rights and who will be covered. It is important to highlight that for their rights to continue EU citizens will need to already be in the UK before Brexit day and apply for and obtain “settled status”.

Further information
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Electoral Rights

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The electoral rights of EU citizens are set out in Article 22 TFEU.

"1. Every citizen of the Union residing in a Member State of which he is not a national shall have the right to vote and to stand as a candidate at municipal elections in the Member State in which he resides, under the same conditions as nationals of that State. This right shall be exercised subject to detailed arrangements adopted by the Council, acting unanimously in accordance with a special legislative procedure and after consulting the European Parliament; these arrangements may provide for derogations where warranted by problems specific to a Member State.

2. Without prejudice to Article 223(1) and to the provisions adopted for its implementation, every citizen of the Union residing in a Member State of which he is not a national shall have the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament in the Member State in which he resides, under the same conditions as nationals of that State. This right shall be exercised subject to detailed arrangements adopted by the Council, acting unanimously in accordance with a special legislative procedure and after consulting the European Parliament; these arrangements may provide for derogations where warranted by problems specific to a Member State."

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Brexit & EU Citizens' Rights Events in the UK

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The Law Centres Network, supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK are facilitating a series of factual, non-political information sessions looking at EU citizens’ rights in the UK in the context of Brexit and the 2019 European Parliament elections.

Find out more & book a session
 

European Parliament Elections 2019

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The next European Parliament elections will take place 23-26 May 2019.  In a direct vote, citizens in 27 EU member states will elect 705 MEPs to form the new House.

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Find out about the European Parliament elections, the voting system and more