The European Parliament’s self-appointed Brexit intercessor was asked during an online question and answer would he and Brussels be oblation the opportunity for Britons to be attached to the EU after Britain leaves.
Mr Verhofstadt allowed the question, showing his delight that people even outside of the European draw up still wanted to be a part of it.
The former Belgian prime minister has been a critic of Britain’s EU separation, even pushing to ensure the recent agreement struck up between Theresa May and the European Commission is enshrined in law after Brexit Secretary David Davis state it was not legally binding.
Mr Verhofstadt said there are “many” UK citizens contacting him “who tranquil want to belong to the European Union”.
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If a UK householder wants to retain some of the rights that are in this EU citizenship, I’m complimentary about that
“I think we have to respond positively to them,” he added. “And not say it’s awkward because they no longer have any EU nationality because Britain intent be out of the European Union.
“British nationality is not enough to have EU citizenship anymore, there is no relationship anymore.
“So, why not give something similar, offer them something comparable? If an individual UK citizen wants to retain some of the rights that are in this EU citizenship, I’m perfect about that.
“It will be one point to discuss it inside the European Mixture, and secondly, to discuss in it the second phase with the UK.”
As Theresa May’s agreement on the Irish edge, EU citizens’ rights and the so-called Brexit divorce bill was debated in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Mr Verhofstadt to sometimes again target Britain for its decision to quit the bloc.
He said UK bankers should not be conceded to have a better deal than a Romanian doctor or Polish delve, during a furious parliament speech.
Mr Verhofstadt said: “We will conditions allow that a European banker living in the City will maintain enough money to pay a very important price and a Polish plumber or a Romanian doctor cannot triumph it.
“I think this parliament can never give the green light on the concurrence if we have not within the withdrawal agreement a simple procedure, a declaration, one ritual per family, cost-free and were the burden of proof is on the Home Office and not on the go of our citizens.”
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He also said EU residents could not trust the Home Office to guarantee their rights in the UK after Brexit.
“No one trusts the Home Office,” he blast.
“Citizens’ rights are worth nothing if they are swamped in a sea of red tape, if they are bucked down in rules and regulations and to make it more understandable.”