|Professor López Garrido, ex-secretary of state for European Affairs|
These are the shocking conclusions of Antonio Fernández Tomás and ex-secretary of state Diego López Garrido, lecturers in international law at the University of Castilla La Mancha. According to the two experts, these rights cannot be considered as 'acquired' by citizens individually, but as a result of their nationality and thus they will be 'extinguished' immediately on the UK's departure. They say there are no legal precedents for the rights of individual citizens to be prolonged after their country has ceased to be a signature of the relevant international treaty. López Garrido highlighted the importance of a 'wide agreement' between the UK and EU to put an end to uncertainties faced by citizens.
This report clearly contradicts the complacency of the UK government and prominent pro-Brexit politicians who routinely say that British expats 'have nothing to worry about' after Brexit. It also makes it even more vital for groups like EuroCitizens to fight for the rights of citizens who moved to the EU in good faith, but who have had their futures blighted by Brexit.
Remember: Saturday 25 March, 17,30 Plaza del Callao, Demonstration to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.