4th April 2012: Andrew Brons has received an answer to his Question to the Commission Requiring a Written Answer on UK citizens being able to renounce their EU citizenship.
How may UK citizens renounce their citizenship of the European Union?
Does the Commission agree that a simple renunciation to the relevant department of the Commission from a UK citizen would be sufficient?
If the Commission seeks to thwart such a renunciation by UK citizens, which would embrace the obligations and privileges that it considers are conferred on UK citizens, will it explain the reason?
An answer was provided by Viviane Reding, the Vice-President and Commissioner responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship on behalf of the Commission.
"According to European law (Artice 20 TFEU), every person holding the nationality of a Member State shall automatically be a citizen of the Union.
Citizenship of the Union is additional to and does not replace national citizenship.
As citizenship of the Union does not exist independently from citizenship of a Member State, it cannot be acquired nor renounced upon independently from national citizenship."