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Durham Law School

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Publication details for Professor Eleanor Spaventa

Spaventa, E (2017). The Impact on Brexit relation to the right to petition and on the competences, responsibilities and activities of the Committee on Petitions. European Commission Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and.

Author(s) from Durham


Upon request by the PETI Committee, this study considers issues raised in petitions
to the European Parliament by citizens concerned about the way Brexit will impact
on their rights. In particular, it first looks at the changes that Brexit will determine
in relation to voting rights, the right to petition, the right to apply to the European
Ombudsman and the European Citizens’ Initiative. It then focuses at length on the
way Brexit will affect UK citizens in the EU-27, and EU citizens living in the UK. In
this respect, it considers challenges and risks for both citizens who have resided in
the EU-27 or the UK for less than 5 years, and for those who have already acquired
the right to permanent residence at the time of Brexit.