Italy's Renzi suggests "ad hoc" citizenship for young Britons abroad

Young Britons studying in another European Union country should be offered citizenship by their host nations to allow them to remain part of the bloc, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi suggested on Wednesday.

Following Thursday's referendum in which nearly 52 per cent of Britons voted to leave the EU, surveys showed that while the youth vote was marked by very low turnout, the Remain option was overwhelmingly popular among voters under the age of 25.

"I asked everybody to think about my proposal: give young Britons an opportunity to remain part of the great European family with perhaps an ad hoc measure on citizenship," Renzi said after talks with EU counterparts in Brussels.

He said each member state would individually decide how to follow up on his suggestion.

Renzi also paid tribute to Labour parliamentarian Jo Cox, a campaigner for the Remain camp who was murdered on June 16. He said her tragic death underscored the need to "banish hatred from political debate."

Last update: Wed, 29/06/2016 - 19:07
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