The campaign supported by our centre BRAND EU, calling for all UK nationals to retain their EU citizenship after Brexit was passed by the House of Commons, with no members opposing the motion. The campaign was organised by Plaid Cymru (Party of Wales) and supported by BRAND EU, the SNP, the Green Party, leading lawyers and other pro-EU groups.
Whilst this wasn’t a binding vote, so there is no obligation for the UK Government to ensure our citizenship is retained, this does mean that they must respond with a statement in the House within the next 12 weeks.
In his speech, Hywel Williams MP (Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament for Arfon), explicitly mentioned BRAND EU, putting our organisation on the official House of Commons record. You can read his speech, and the rest of the debate here, or watch it here (forward to 14:15).
The campaign reached over 4,700 signatures on the petition, and had Guy Verhofstadt (the European Parliament’s representative in the Brexit negotiations) supporting it and using the #IamEuropean hashtag!
Petition page here:
As part of this campaign, BRAND EU also co-signed a letter to PM, Theresa May, asking her to commit to include in the negotiating objectives with the EU a right for UK citizens to retain their European Citizenship following any UK exit from the European Union.
BRAND EU will continue working with Plaid Cymru, the SNP and other pro EU organisations to bring some sense to this chaotic Brexit debate.