Op-Ed: This story has to go into Odd News; in fact it would belong in bizarre news if we had such a page.
Early in November The Independent reported "The European Parliament is to consider a plan that would allow British citizens to opt-in and keep their European Union citizenship – and its associated benefits – once the UK leaves the EU."
Saturday that story is back in the news.
"Britons wanting to retain benefits of European Union membership after the country leaves could pay Brussels for individual citizenship, European Parliament's lead Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt told The Times on Saturday."
"The scheme would allow UK citizens to pay an annual fee to receive free movement around the EU, the right to reside in other EU countries under current rules, and the right to vote in EU elections, according to Sky News."
Britain is a divided country already so imagine if that scheme becomes reality.
How much could it cost? Will it in effect allow those with money to spend a better option and exclude the poor? Will there be full dual nationality with all that can bring?
There are numerous questions and few answers at this time.
Just how practical an EU opt-in scheme would be who really knows.
Because the reality could be that even if you voted for the UK to remain in the EU you may not be able to afford the fee.
Some EU countries are already considering a visa or fee or both for Brits to enter the country post BRexit.
The problem with that is many poorer regions of the EU including some of the Spanish Islands and Costas rely heavily on tourism.
If Brits decide to vacation at home many EU countries will be financially screwed.
But then there are British residents living in the EU and vice versa.
When David Cameron staged the EU referendum he opened a real can of worms.
When the going got tough and a majority of people voted BRexit he cleared off.
As the say, never trust a Tory!
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