In April, West Berkshire Stronger Together wrote to Guy Verhofstadt expressing our desire to remain EU citizens and engage with him to ensure that we are not stripped of our rights.
Today we received his reply and confirmation of his desire to support those of us who continue to “feel European”, irrespective of the UK’s relationship with the EU.
We are deeply grateful to Mr Verhofstadt for his response and his assurance that our voices are being heard.
Let us know your thoughts on his letter.
First of all, let me apologise for the delay in replying to your email and thank you for your support. In this difficult negotiating process, it is good to know that citizens are on our side.
I fully understand your concerns. One cannot hide from the fact that the withdrawal of the UK from the EU may have negative consequences for citizens. Safeguarding citizens’ rights is a priority for the EU in its talks with the UK, and the European Parliament has made it very clear from the beginning that it is citizens first.
From the moment this process started, I have been convinced that some sort of special solution needs to be found for individual citizens, like the members of West Berkshire Stronger Together, who want to maintain their ties with the European Union.
However, I have to say that this will be difficult, but what I will promise is that I will do everything I can for people like you who feel European. You are not alone and your voice is being heard.