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The European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee, met today to vote on amendments to the “Possible evolutions of and adjustments to the current institutional set-up of the European Union”. Along with the tabled amendments was an amendment from Charles Goerens, a liberal MEP from Luxembourg, who had proposed Amendment (882) calling for the establishment of a ‘European associate citizenship’.

When amendment 882 came up for voting the floor was given to Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian Prime Minister who is leading the Brexit talks for the European Parliament, who stated that Charles Goerens had asked that the amendment be removed, as M Goerens felt that this was too important to be included in this treaty.

Please find below a copy of a reply received by Charlotte to an email she sent to Charles Goerens this afternoon, asking what the situation regarding the possibility of Associate EU Citizenship was now.

Today I decided together with Guy Verhofstadt to withdraw my amendment on Associate EU Citizenship. We realised that this has become a very important issue that cannot await treaty change – as was my intention when I first tabled my amendment – since this might take years.

Yesterday evening, the House of Commons decided by a majority of almost 400 to support Theresa May’s plan to trigger article 50 by the end of March 2017. Hence the prospect that Article 50 will be invoked has become very real indeed.

The European Parliament will define its position on the Brexit agreement through a resolution during spring 2017. This seems to be the best opportunity to give Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt the possibility to enforce the Associate EU Citizenship.

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