Brexit means that millions of Londoners and British nationals have lost their EU Citizenship – something they never wanted or voted for. “Associate Citizenship” would give those British nationals who wanted it, a way to keep the same rights they have enjoyed up until now as EU Citizens, especially the right to move and reside freely between different EU member states.
Last month I met senior EU politicians in Brussels and called for the UK and EU to agree a form of ‘Associate Citizenship’ as part of their talks about the future relationship. While the EU is open to exploring ideas like this, it remains unachievable with the Prime Minister’s current “red lines”. However, if this were to change in the future, it is clear there would be wide support for “Associate Citizenship” from many Londoners and British nationals who are devastated they have lost their rights as EU Citizens.