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Europe and the World: A law review

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      Brexit is a personal concern for EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU. They fear their rights will become bargaining chips in the negotiations. This article makes an inventory of what would happen without withdrawal agreement, and looks at the possibilities for securing residence and social security rights post Brexit based on current EU, international and national law. It takes into account how actors other than the negotiating parties might press for guarantees outside the negotiating framework. The article concludes that personal concerns are justified. However, Brexit also inspires non-state actors to secure rights and their activities go beyond the occasional lobbying for a particular outcome in the negotiation process.

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      UCL Press
      1 June 2017
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      Professor of European integration at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, Law Faculty, University of Amsterdam. Email: This article builds on my previous article published in Dutch, AAM Schrauwen, ‘Burgers en Brexit’ (March 2007) SEW Tijdschrift voor Europees en economisch recht 101–7.

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