Retaining European Citizenship - A European Citizens' Initiative
Retaining European Citizenship - A European Citizens' Initiative

'To uphold the right of Union citizens to move and reside freely within the territory of Member States under objective conditions of freedom and dignity (Directive 2004/38/EC), and to safeguard citizens of the Union from use as bargaining chips in negotiations under Article 50 TEU, requests the Commission submit a proposal to retain the rights of EU citizenship for all those who have already exercised their freedom of movement prior to the departure of a Member State leaving the Union, and for those nationals of a departing State who wish to retain their status as citizens of the Union.'

PLEASE SEE OUR FAQ OR SUBMIT A QUESTION IF YOU NEED HELP.

 

EU NATIONALS IN THE UK: WHEN YOU FILL IN THE FORM PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU REGISTER YOUR EU NATIONALITY.

 

UK NATIONALS SIGNING IN CERTAIN EU STATES PLEASE NOTE:  

UK nationals in France, Czech Republic and one or two other EU countries using their British passport number as a reference. Once you complete the form and click Support, you may receive an error message about the format / numbering of the document. Simply scroll down and check the box for "The format of my personal identification (document) number and/or postal code is correct - please ignore this error and continue"

EU Citizenship - why our rights matter

"My national identity is deeply important to me; both personally since I am proud to be a European, but also for the sake of all our people, young and old whose rights to live, work, retire and travel freely within the EU, I strongly want to protect and defend."
Sue

 

"As a Briton, who believes in Europe, and has a life which spans this continent, I cannot give up my European citizenship without a fight. I'd like to know how this initiative progresses, for my rights, my fellow Britons and all Europeans." Samuel

 

“For peace, human rights, culture and economy we are all European and should not have this right removed from our identity. It is indispensable and central to our way of life.” Polly

 

“My rights as a UK citizen living and working in the EU are about to be take away from me. I am just one of the millions who was not offered the opportunity to voice opinion as to whether the UK should remain or leave the EU. Retention of my EU citizenship is a most vital aspect of my life. The British government does not act in my name and is not supported by the British people. Indeed the government is supported by 17.4m people and not the 65m people as falsely claimed by the PM.” Stephen

 

“Where do I start? It's still unbelievable that the UK wants to leave the EU. Please help the 48% retain their European identity and citizenship. The UK government doesn't represent us-- I hope the EU will.” Suzanne

 

“I am a citizen of Europe and do not want to have my rights taken from me. Organisations and initiatives like yours are key to helping cope with the realities of where the nation now finds itself placed.” Lawrence

 

“I support retaining my European Citizenship - more than furious about the UK government taking my rights away - rights I have used happily and proudly for 40 years in many ways - very disappointed that my son may lose the rights I have enjoyed also and desperate for him to have the same opportunities.” Nicola

 

“For a Europe without borders and for a Europe of people working for an improved and shared future.” Malcolm

 

"I refuse to have my future, and that of my family, stolen away" Andrew

 

"I did not vote for Brexit, I did not vote to leave the EU. I Wish to remain in the EU. I have a German wife and lived in Germany for 13 years. I know we are better together." David

 

"I am British & am about to be forced into a situation I couldn't even vote for. Thank you for helping me and all the other British people who are in despair about our country and its leaders. Retain EU citizenship!" Sally (Spain)

 

"I am first and foremost a European and retaining this citizenship is most important to me." Paul

 

Further information...

Follow the links below for more in-depth information on the ECI, Citizenship and more...

European Citizens' Initiative

The European citizens' initiative allows one million EU citizens to participate directly in the development of EU policies, by calling on the European Commission to make a legislative proposal...

 

Your Citizenship Rights

Any person who holds the nationality of an EU country is automatically also an EU citizen. EU citizenship is additional to and does not replace national citizenship. It is for each EU country to lay down the conditions for the acquisition and loss of nationality of that country....

Europe in depth

A question mark hangs over Europe. How did the current situation come to pass? Could things have been different? Can we change course?

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