Guarantee continuing EU citizenship after Brexit.

Guarantee continuing EU citizenship after Brexit.

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Will Pickering started this petition to European Commission and

Most Scots, and a large minority of people in the rest of the UK, wish to remain European Citizens. But as things stand, at 11pm GMT on 29th March 2019 the UK will leave the European Union by automatic process of law.

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We, the undersigned, urgently beseech the Commission and Parliament of the European Union to protect our rights as European Citizens.

In 2014, the people of Scotland voted 55% to remain in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Among the factors influencing this decision was the widely-reported intervention by the then Prime Minister of Spain, Sr Mariano Rajoy Brey, to the effect that independence would remove Scotland from the EU while the rest of the former UK would continue membership.

In 2016, the UK as a whole voted narrowly to leave the EU anyway. Scotland voted 62% to Remain, but was overruled by the much larger population of England.

Most Scots, and a large minority of people in the rest of the UK, wish to remain European Citizens.

But as things stand, at 11pm GMT on 29th March 2019 the UK will leave the European Union by automatic process of law.

With only months remaining, there is still no clarity on what relationship will exist after that date beween the EU and UK. Indeed, the UK Government has spent the period since 2016 stalling, blustering and prevaricating in order to frustrate any sensible discussion, while preparing for a so-called “Hard Brexit” which will cause immense short-term logistical difficulties and enable it to invoke sweeping authoritarian powers ostensibly to cope with a period of national emergency.

In such circumstances, we fear for our human and civil rights under international and European law. We are, by birth or choice, free people and citizens of a wider world than Little England, and we are about to be dragged into isolationism against our will.

We beg the Commission and Parliament of the EU to end this threat to our fundamental rights by guaranteeing continuing European Citizenship for all British Subjects who desire it, with immediate effect and irrespective of any other agreements which may eventually be reached with Her Majesty’s Government, which does not speak for us.

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