Against 'Associate EU Citizenship'
57 JCMS 2019 (Forthcoming)
25 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2019 Last revised: 28 Apr 2019
Date Written: February 20, 2019
UK nationals will lose their EU citizenship status as a result of the Brexit referendum. To prevent this, several commentators, including the European Parliament Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, proposed the grant of associate EU citizenship to UK nationals to safeguard their rights as EU citizens after Brexit. We make the case against associate EU citizenship, dismissing it on three grounds. First, it violates the letter and the spirit of EU law. Second, it violates core EU values, including the EU’s promise of respect for the constitutional traditions of the Member States, and the values of democracy and the Rule of Law. Third, it is against the EU’s interests, as associate EU citizenship fails to respect reciprocity in EU relations with third countries and undermines the coherence of the edifice of EU constitutionalism.
Keywords: Bexit, Citizenship, EU Law, Associate Citizenship, Rights, Article 50
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