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Associate citizenship for Brits was not included in final resolution draft.

Contrary to what you might have read, associate citizenship is not on the European Parliament's table.

Pile of newspapers
Pile of newspapers

Despite several reports in the weekend press that the European Union is considering granting Britons "associate citizenship status", the real story behind the headlines is quite different.

The papers are referring to a resolution drafted by the European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee on EU reforms. One MEP had tabled an amendment in committee referring to EU citizenship but withdrew it before the vote was taken. The reference to EU citizenship is therefore not in the draft text which will be submitted for a vote by the full Parliament. The vote on the resolution is yet to take place.

At this stage any other interpretations of the amendment (and its withdrawal) remain in the realm of speculation.