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So who wants to remain an EU citizen? It really could happen!

As you may have heard, the European Union will soon discuss a proposal to allow people in the UK to keep their EU citizenship voluntarily after Brexit.

Can you help us make the idea a reality?

On Monday 21 November, the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee will discuss a proposal that would give “associate citizenship for those who feel and wish to be part of the European project but are nationals of a former Member State” and give them “the rights of freedom of movement and to reside on its territory” as well as being represented in the European Parliament.

The proposal follows a widely-circulated article by the Secretary for Bristol for Europe – and Britain for Europe organiser – Joe Williams, who argued for voluntary dual citizenship if Brexit goes ahead (https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/opinion/tuesday-give-brits-voluntary-dual-eu-citizenship).

Here's how you can help!

1) Address an email to contact@britainforeurope.org
2) Use the subject line ‘please support amendment 882'
3) Cut and paste these email addresses into the ‘BCC’ section of your email. They are all members of the committee who will make the decision.

danuta.huebner@europarl.europa.eu, barbara.spinelli@europarl.europa.eu, pedro.silvapereira@europarl.europa.eu, kazimierzmichal.ujazdowski@europarl.europa.eu, paulo.rangel@europarl.europa.eu, mercedes.bresso@europarl.europa.eu, elmar.brok@europarl.europa.eu, kostas.chrysogonos@europarl.europa.eu, richard.corbett@europarl.europa.eu, pascal.durand@europarl.europa.eu, esteban.gonzalezpons@europarl.europa.eu, ramon.jaureguiatondo@europarl.europa.eu, constance.legrip@europarl.europa.eu, jo.leinen@europarl.europa.eu, morten.messerschmidt@europarl.europa.eu, maite.pagaza@europarl.europa.eu, jacek.saryusz-wolski@europarl.europa.eu, gyorgy.schopflin@europarl.europa.eu, ana-claudia.tapardel@europarl.europa.eu, josep-maria.terricabras@europarl.europa.eu, guy.verhofstadt@europarl.europa.eu, rainer.wieland@europarl.europa.eu, martina.anderson@europarl.europa.eu, max.andersson@europarl.europa.eu, pervenche.beres@europarl.europa.eu, sven.giegold@europarl.europa.eu, sylvie.goulard@europarl.europa.eu, roberto.gualtieri@europarl.europa.eu, enrique.guerrerosalom@europarl.europa.eu, brice.hortefeux@europarl.europa.eu, sylvia-yvonne.kaufmann@europarl.europa.eu, jerome.lavrilleux@europarl.europa.eu, david.mcallister@europarl.europa.eu, markus.pieper@europarl.europa.eu, jiri.pospisil@europarl.europa.eu, cristiandan.preda@europarl.europa.eu, viviane.reding@europarl.europa.eu, dacianaoctavia.sarbu@europarl.europa.eu, helmut.scholz@europarl.europa.eu, sion.simon@europarl.europa.eu

4) Write an email explaining why you'd like to retain EU citizenship and asks them to support the amendment. Feel free to use your own words, but here's a suggestion:

On Monday 21 November, the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee will discuss Charles Goerens amendment 882, hoping to insert paragraph 37a to Guy Verhofstadt’s report on the future of the EU.

The amendment suggests “associate citizenship for those who feel and wish to be part of the European project but are nationals of a former Member State” and give them “the rights of freedom of movement and to reside on its territory” as well as being represented in the European Parliament.

Many of us in UK remain passionate Europeans and the prospect of leaving the EU has only increased our sense of pride.

Brexit threatens to deny us the rights, responsibilities and opportunities that the EU provides for its citizens, but surely there's a simple way to accommodate the undulled enthusiasm we have for the European project – as well as our sense of fellowship with citizens of our continent overseas?

By securing voluntary dual citizenship, we won't stop the economic misery that Brexit is creating nor the hatred and division that the result inspired, but we could retain all the direct individual benefits of EU membership for anyone willing to sign up – as well as keeping our democratic voice in one of the world’s biggest largest political and economic forces.

As a result, as a UK citizen and supporter of the campaign group Britain for Europe, I wholeheartedly support this proposal, and ask that you do the same when you have the opportunity to discuss and vote on this amendment.

For more information on this idea, please see https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/opinion/tuesday-give-brits-voluntary-dual-eu-citizenship.

Thank you.

5) Click send!

We’ll let you know any progress on this campaign. In the meantime, please let us know if you get a response from any MEPs.

Thank you, and fingers crossed!