Plaid Cymru has launched a campaign to stop the UK government stripping away European citizenship from UK citizens. Here’s how you can help!
- Sign the petition calling on Prime Minister May to ensure this identity is not wrenched away from people against their will. Find the petition here.
- Tweet or post a selfie video to tell the UK Government that “I Am European”. Film yourself in any language, and tweet or share it using the hashtag #IAmEuropean. You can also join our Twitter thunderclap here.
- Protest against the Tory Government on Wednesday 7th March at 11am outside the UK Parliament. You can find the facebook event here.
The UK government wants to strip citizens of their European citizenship. British nationals will lose their right to freely travel, live, study and work across Europe.
But a growing number of legal experts are asserting that European and international law confirms that citizenship – including European Citizenship – is a fundamental right of the individual, which cannot be taken away without express consent. The UK government is refusing to acknowledge this.
United in diversity
The UK is a multinational state of many different identities. Citizens of respective countries are free and able to celebrate their individual identities, whether they consider themselves to be Welsh, English, Scottish, Irish, British or European, or indeed a combination of different identities.
Many people have also chosen to make the UK their home and now identify as British, Welsh or another UK identity.
And many also strongly identify as European and value their European citizenship very highly.
#Brexit’s disastrous economic consequences are increasingly apparent. But, now this Government wants to take away who we are, how we define ourselves – our identity.
European Citizenship allows UK nationals to live, work and study in the 27 other EU countries, as well as other countries who are members of the European Economic Area (EEA) or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). European Citizenship also gives our citizens the right to consular protection by embassies of other EU Member States, the right to vote for the European Parliament and legal protections relating to personal data, rights of victims of crime, preventing and combating trafficking in human beings, equal pay, protection from discrimination in employment on grounds of religion or belief, sexual
orientation and age; and others.
On Wednesday 7th March, a debate will be held on this topic in the House of Commons.
The Feasibility of Associate EU Citizenship for UK Citizens Post-Brexit: http://www.jillevans.net/the_feasibility_of_associate_eu_citizenship_for_uk_citizens_post_brexit.pdf