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A court in Amsterdam has decided to refer questions to the Court of Justice of the EU in the case of 5 British nationals in the Netherlands after they brought a landmark legal case which had argued that their existing EU citizenship rights could not be removed following the UK referendum to leave the EU. The judge ruled on Wednesday that questions should be referred.
Reacting to the ruling Jane Golding, Chair of British in Europe said:
‘We are delighted that the Dutch court has decided to refer this case to Luxembourg. The applicants have raised fundamental questions about the nature of their EU citizenship and the circumstances in which such essential rights can be taken away. The CJEU has played a key role in clarifying the scope of EU citizenship and it is appropriate that it should be asked to identify when those rights end. We now need some clear questions from the court in Amsterdam as well as a quick hearing and decision in Luxembourg. It is also clear that the EU and UK cannot finalise and sign off the final text on citizens’ rights in the withdrawal agreement until the CJEU has given its ruling and we would ask them to respect the role of the CJEU in this process.’
For more information or to arrange an interview with a spokesperson please contact
Daniel Tetlow daniel.tetlow(at)britishineurope.org