Europe Direct email reply 02.08.17 to Brexit Anniversary email

It’s a template thing but does mention the ECIs, even though it also says that the status quo isn’t an option. It also says, as expected, that the constitutional arrangements are a matter for the UK.


” Thank you for contacting the Europe Direct Contact Centre.

We have forwarded your question to the relevant service of the European Commission and we have received following answer:

According to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements. The assessment of the constitutional requirements is a matter for the Member State concerned.

The decision by a Member State to organise a referendum, and the modalities and arrangements for that purpose, is a matter falling within the competence of that Member State too. A majority of the British people who voted in the referendum of 23 June 2016, expressed a desire to leave the EU.

May I recall, that the Article 50-agreement describes a process of disentanglement of the relations between the withdrawing Member State and the Union. As Michel Barnier stated at the plenary session at the European Parliament on 5 April 2017, for an agreement to happen, it is our duty to explain citizens what Brexit means. The maintenance of status quo is not an option.

For your information, the European Commission recorded on 22 March two European Citizens’ Initiatives concerning the rights of Union citizens in the context of the withdrawal of a Member State from the EU.
The formal registration of the initiative “EU Citizenship for Europeans: United in Diversity in spite of jus soli and jus sanguinis” took place on 27 March and for the initiative “Retaining European Citizenship” on 2 May. These registrations start a one-year process of collection of signatures in support of the proposed European Citizens’ Initiative by their organisers, according to the Regulation n°211/2011:

We thank you for your interest in the development of the European Union and confirm our commitment to EU values in these unprecedented times, and to a positive reform agenda to create a better Europe that empowers and protects citizens, as set out in President Juncker’s State of the Union speech as well as in the Bratislava Roadmap agreed by the 27 EU remaining Member States and the EU Institutions.

We hope you find this information useful. Please contact us again if you have other questions about the European Union, its activities or institutions. ”

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