This stuff really needs spreading around a little bit more. This is for DP111 and anyone else who missed the post:
(From Hansard, February 1993)
“For as long as a person is a British national, that person will be a European citizen, under the terms of the treaty and the Bill. As was said earlier, if someone wishes to renounce British nationality, certain
consequences will follow ; but there is no separate provision whereby a person can remain a United Kingdom national but renounce citizenship of the European union.”
On the Queen as a citizen of the European Union:
Mr. Shepherd : Is it the Home Secretary’s understanding that the Queen becomes a citizen of the union of Europe under the provisions of the Bill? …
Mr. Clarke : I shall give further consideration to that question, but I do not see why not.
Mr. Shepherd : She must do.
Mr. Clarke : The Queen is undoubtedly a British national. She, being a national of the United Kingdom, is likely to become a citizen of the European union. [Interruption.] I shall reflect upon that point, but I very much suspect that that is the position. I do not believe that we should expand upon the position of the monarch at length, but I do not see why the Queen should be any more fearful of that prospect than anybody else is likely to be.
Lick clink for more 🙂 ; it also has info on a European Army.
DP111s request prompted me to wonder how many people don’t know about England not being a nation according to the EU. In the light of legal proceedings vis-a-vis students in England & Scotland, it’s worth pointing out that they’re on a hiding to nothing. We, England, are not officially recognised as a Nation in its own right, only as an area of Regions. Pipe. Smoke. Warned. Were.
In short, if you’re born in Britain you are the property of the European Union. WHEDFUs are also a good round-up of what’s happening in the EU, even though I do say it myself, and worth keeping up with.
Oh, come on. Well, if you insist. WHEDFU = What has Europe done for us? Clicky the tag.