Love it or hate it, it seems like Brexit will eventually happen and the UK will extradite itself from the European Union at some point. However, it turns out that if you desire it, then you may actually still be able to call yourself an EU citizen.
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The plan has been put forward by Charles Goerens, a liberal MEP from Luxembourg and it would allow citizens of a country that has left the EU to apply for ‘associate citizenship’:
It’s clear the UK is divided, and many people want to remain part of Europe.
The idea is simply to guarantee those who want it some of the same rights they had as full EU citizens, including the right of residence in the EU, and to be able to vote in European elections and be represented by an MEP.
Sounds fair enough right? I suppose the main benefit of ‘associate citizenship’ for us would be free travel around the EU with our passports, but I guess it’s also kind of cool that we’ll still be able to vote in European elections too right? I know that’s something that a lot of us were upset about when the country decided to vote for Brexit.
Needless to say, Brexit champions aren’t very happy about this proposal, with Jayne Adye, director of the Get Britain Out campaign saying:
This is an outrage. The EU is now attempting to divide the great British public at the exact moment we need unity.
Geez calm down – I doubt that anyone who actually has ‘associate citizenship’ will be subject to racist attacks or that it will be a criteria that actively causes conflict in the country. But then I suppose I didn’t think we would vote out in the first place, so what do I know? I don’t think it’s a bad idea though because it lets people choose what they want to do specific to their circumstances and I can’t really see how that’s a bad thing, can you?
It might not even happen anyway – the vote on the proposal is scheduled to happen sometime early next year and it’s anyone’s guess how it will go down. Hell, Brexit might not even happen because apparently it’s too complicated. Wait and see.