The Court of Justice of the European Union confirmed on Thursday that Brexit means that Britons are no longer EU citizens. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) interprets EU law to ensure that it is applied equally in all EU countries. It also settles legal disputes between national governments and EU institutions.
On Thursday, the CJEU confirmed that British citizens lost EU citizenship when Britain left the EU on February 1, 2020.
This is the first time that the EU’s highest court has ruled on the issue.
There have been a number of court cases challenging this specific Brexit outcome.
The decision sets a precedent that if other countries decide to leave the EU in the future, their citizens will also lose their citizenship.
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The woman then brought the case before the tribunal de grande instance of Auch.
The court then decided to seek an interpretation of the rules from the CJEU.
However, the lawyer supporting the woman argued that the loss of EU citizenship and the right to vote was disproportionate.
It would also be against the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, given that the woman also lost her right to vote in the UK, having lived abroad for more than 15 years.
Alice Bouillez, who has lived in France since 1984 and is married to a French national, could have applied for French nationality.
However, she didn’t as she said “it wasn’t necessary” before Brexit.
However, the lawyers’ arguments did not convince the EU tribunal.