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Britons want to retain EU citizenship rights after Brexit

Politico, Jul 2

Most Britons want to retain European Union citizenship rights after Brexit and are willing to pay more for it than they currently contribute to the EU budget, the Guardian reported, citing a London School of Economics survey.

Six out of 10 Britons want to keep their European Union citizenship after Brexit, including the rights to live, work, study and travel in the EU. According to the report in the pro-EU newspaper, support for retaining rights is particularly strong among young adults (85 percent) and Londoners (80 percent).

The results highlight that Britain remains divided over Brexit and many people still hope to be able to cherry pick the benefits of membership. The hard Brexit currently envisaged by U.K. Primie Minister Theresa May would not allow free movement of labour, limiting Brits’ ability to live and work on the Continent.

Michael Bruter, professor of political science and European politics at the LSE, said young people in particular were “very unhappy” and would be “willing to pay far more than they currently do [compared with the current per capita contribution to the EU budget made by UK citizens] to retain those rights.”

LSE’s electoral psychology initiative (ECREP), which worked on the research in conjunction with the polling firm Opinium, said that the full research will be published “in days.”

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