Brexit: 'British citizens should be able to keep EU membership benefits' says top Brussels negotiator

Brexit: 'British citizens should be able to keep EU membership benefits', says Guy Verhofstadt

Guy Verhofstadt spoke to the BBC about British citizen rights after Brexit

Friday, March 10, 2017

The chief negotiator for the European Parliament has said Brits should have the right to keep the benefits of EU membership after the UK leaves the European Union. 

Guy Verhofstadt told the BBC he planned to convince European leaders to allow British citizens to keep certain rights of their current membership if they wish to apply for them individually.

The EU chief claimed to have received more than a thousand letters from British citizens, all insisting they didn't want to lose ties with "European civilisation".

He told BBC Radio 4: "All British citizens today have also EU citizenship. That means a number of things: the ability to vote in the European elections, freedom of travel without problem inside the union...

"We must have an arrangement in which this can continue for those citizens who request it on an individual basis."

Despite this gesture of goodwill, Verhofstadt maintainted the European Parliament has the power to veto any exit deal negotiated between the Commission and the United Kingdom.