Plaid Cymru campaign for retaining EU citizenship receives another boost with speech in key European Parliament debate
No one has the right to strip people of their citizenship against their will – Jill Evans MEP
March 13th 2018

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has repeated her call for people to be able to retain their EU citizenship after the UK leaves the European Union.

Jill Evans spoke in today's key debate in the European Parliament on Brexit, with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier.

Photo: Jill Evans MEP in the European Parliament

MEPs debated the European Parliament's position on future EU–UK relations after the UK leaves the European Union. They will vote on the resolution tomorrow.

The European Parliament will have a final say on any deal between the UK and EU following the negotiations, meaning that its support for any deal will be vital.

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans said:

“I am European” is the title of a petition my party, Plaid Cymru, launched last week calling for people to have the ability to retain their EU citizenship after the UK leaves the EU.

"It received more than 5000 signatures in just a few days. Last Wednesday, the House of Commons debated and backed a Plaid Cymru motion on this.

"No one has the right to strip people of their citizenship against their will. That is the view of many legal experts. But that is what will happen unless there is action now. And it's a question of political will.

"I welcome the fact that this resolution again proposes that the EU27 examine how to mitigate the loss of rights of UK citizens.

"And I urge the Commission and Council to recognise that for many, their European citizenship is also an essential part of their identity. Diolch."

Michel Barnier took note of Jill Evans’ comments and ensured that citizens’ rights remain a top priority for the EU.

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Photo: Jill Evans