In the past few years the concept of citizenship has been a growing subject of studies in law and politics. The distinction between nationality and citizenship, the rights and duties of nationals and citizens, EU citizenship, etc have attracted considerable interest, the best proof being that two weeks ago the House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement published a call for evidence. As part of the research undertaken by Dr Devyani Prabhat at the University of Bristol, Christian Dadomo and Dr Noëlle Quénivet were invited to present a paper on Brexit and EU citizenship at a Workshop on Citizenship and Law on 14 July 2017.
The workshop was divided into three sessions 1) theories of citizenship, processes and procedures, 2) case studies in citizenship law and practice and 3) citizenship and nationality legal practice. Christian Dadomo and Noëlle Quénivet shared their views on the impact of Brexit on the concept of EU citizenship in the first session at which Professor Jo Shaw and Professor Bernard Ryan also spoke.
Christian Dadomo and Noëlle Quénivet argued that increasingly, the concept of EU citizenship is being viewed as bridging the difference between nationality and citizenship. For those living outside their country of nationality, EU citizenship has become a fundamental status that guarantees not only their free movement and residence rights but above all their equal treatment with the nationals of their country of residence. In this context, status of and treatment as EU citizens are intrinsically intertwined.
Dadomo, C., & Quenivet, N. (2017, July). Brexit and EU citizenship. Paper presented at Citizenship and Law