Liberal MEP Guy Verhofstadt is the European Parliament’s lead Brexit negotiator. Any Brexit deal will require the approval of the European Parliament – without it, the deal will fall.
Mr Verhofstadt backs the idea of giving British people the right to opt in to some kind of associate EU citizenship if Brexit happens. Here’s a link to one report about what he’s said.
With the negotiations about to start, we are going to send Mr Verhofstadt a letter, and we’re inviting you to join us in signing it. The text is below; please read it, and if you want to sign it too then click HERE to add your name.
Dear Mr Verhofstadt
This letter to you is signed by [insert final number] people.
We wanted to write to thank you for your efforts to allow UK nationals who value their EU citizenship to retain it, or a form of it, post-Brexit. We value not only the freedoms and opportunities it gives us, but also that it makes us a part of the most successful peace project in history.
Theresa May does not speak for us. She has made no attempt to reach out to, or in any way represent, us or any of the 16 million people who voted Remain on 23rd June last year. Indeed, you speak for us far better and more eloquently than she ever has.
We wish you every success in your attempt to get this idea on the agenda of the Brexit talks and into the final deal. We back you 100%.
Of course, we also want an equally generous settlement for other EU nationals too.
Thank you for everything that you are doing, and good luck!
If you like the letter and want to add your name, click here to be taken to the page where you can do exactly that. Thank you!