New Paper on Brexit and the Loss of EU Citizenship

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The forgotten citizens of the Brexit deal: What options are available to those most at risk of losing their EU Citizenship and the attached rights post-Brexit?

Brexit and the Loss of EU Citizenship

Brexit and Loss of EU Citizenship: Cases, Options, Perceptions has been published following the announcement of the Brexit divorce deal. The authors are recent Law graduate Georgia Austin-Greenall and final year student Sylwia Lipinska.

This study, produced by the University of Sheffield School of Law and the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) within the framework of the Citizen Brexit observatory, focuses on three groups of current European citizens who are most at risk of a loss or ‘downgrading’ of citizenship rights following Brexit: UK nationals currently residing in another Member State; EU nationals currently residing in the UK; and, UK nationals living in the UK.

The position of UK nationals resident in the EU and EU nationals residing in the UK is explicitly addressed by the Brexit negotiations, but the third group, the position of ‘static’ UK nationals – those who are living in the UK – is a secondary issue that will only be addressed during the second stage of negotiations.

This group faces a loss of political rights, such as the right to participate in local and EU elections and to participate in a European Citizens’ Initiative, but will also lose the choice of whether to become mobile. UK nationals under the age of 18, who were unable to vote in the referendum and are unlikely to have had the opportunity to exercise their European citizenship rights, are particularly affected, and these rights are set to be taken away from them without their participation in the decision.

This study explores the options available to ‘static’ UK nationals through an analysis of various policy options, including ‘Associate Citizenship’ and decoupling EU citizenship from nationality, and interviews with experts, stakeholders and citizens.

The full study is available on the ECAS website: