List launched for Britons shut out of citizenship bid

Campaigners for British people in the EU are inviting Britons excluded from taking part in a formal petition to the EU about European citizenship to sign an alternative one.

As Connexion reported in July a new European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to make EU citizenship a right acquired for life cannot officially be signed by British people living in France.

This is because ECI signatures must go through a validation process by an EU state, and British and French rules on this clash.

To highlight this absurdity, which means some of those most affected by loss of EU citizenship after Brexit are excluded, Brexpats – Hear Our Voice (BHOV), part of the British in Europe coalition, have started a page at this link to join a list of those who wanted to take part, but cannot.

BHOV hope that if they gather a large list of names this will send a strong political message alongside the ECI itself.

The official ECI is now ready to be signed by those eligible, such as French people in France or British and other EU citizens in the UK, at this link.

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