EU Brexit Chief claims he has recieved thousands of requests begging to get EU citizenship
Guy Verhofstadt, the 47th Prime Minister of Belgium, said many of the British are "still in shock" from the EU referendum result and has reportedly offered them a chance to remain an EU citizens.
Verhofstadt said: “It’s responding to hundreds, maybe even, at this moment already, thousands of mails the I’m receiving from UK citizens who are saying, ‘I want to continue my link with Europe.
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“‘I don’t want to lose completely my EU citizenship’, and I’m looking to the possibilities, what elements of this EU citizenship, we can keep on an individual basis.
Speaking on LBC radio, Verhofstadt said Britons could be offered an “associate citizenship”, which will allow them to retain the free movement to live and work across the EU.
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According to the senior MEP, EU citizenship provides travellers with "consular help and aid" when facing difficulties.
Verhofstadt added: “I don’t say that this will be ultimately possible, but what I am looking for is, can we not respond positively to these individuals in the UK British citizens who are saying, ‘Please, please, please let us keep at least some elements of the EU citizenship’
“We’ve got to look to that request, because I think it’s very important that it is not the citizens of the UK who become the victim of this new situation and of the Brexit.”
Some Leave MPs have already opposed the EU chief’s proposed plan, as Theresa May has made it clear, her priority is to end the freedom of movement.
Verhofstadt previously said Donald Trump is a threat to the EU
During the interview, the 63-year-old admitted that the EU needed a greater level of defence and political unity to combat the growing threats from Donald Trump, Russia and Islamic extremism.
The Belgian was also critical of US President Donald Trump who he believed continued to undermine the European Union after he suggested it would collapse following Brexit.
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