MEPs are currently debating if UK nationals could be given or retain EU nationality after Brexit. The move proposed by Luxembourg MEP Charles Goerens would make it possible for EU nationality to live beyond state membership through an associate members programme. The plan seems sensible as it would help to allow those who already live in Europe to remain with full rights, this is especially important when dealing certain issues such as residency, movement within the EU (even just for a weekend holiday) and voting rights in EU elections. All of these are in stark contrast to the threat to deport EU nationals that Theresa May has proposed.
The proposal by Goerens would in effect elevate the moral superiority of the EU over the UK in terms of migration, human and political rights by in essence putting the European ideals above petty national politics. This is in stark contrast to the UK where the removal of human rights for UK and EU nationals has become a priority following Brexit. Indeed it has become part of the negotiation sphere with many Brexiters calling for the UK to revoke previously basic human rights in order to secure chips during the Brexit negotiations roulette game. It would also help the EU return to it’s founding ideas which were largely derived from a desire not repeat the mistakes of WW2 by embracing human rights, free trade and free movement of people.
The Goerens’s plan has of course received some criticism from Brexit supporters, in particular UK MP Andrew Bridgen who told The Guardian “It’s an attempt to create two classes of UK citizen and to subvert the referendum vote. The truth is that Brussels will try every trick in the book to stop us leaving.”. So not only are they content with playing the anti-immigration (read racism) card during the referendum to win but they also seem hell bent on destroying the lives of UK Nationals living in Europe. In essence again they offer nothing in terms of a way forward but seem hell bent on making threats against those who did not support Brexit, attempt to destroy their lives in an some cases even want them charged with treason for criticising Brexit. Bad winners if ever there were any!