In an exclusive interview with Southend News Network, a senior European Union negotiator has revealed a number of details about the individual EU associate membership that will be offered to UK citizens after Brexit.
We sat down with Jerome Robsonne in Brussels to find out exactly how residents of England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to retain their EU status.
He said: ‘We have planned for associate membership of the European Union to cost £39.99 per year for people over 16, and members will be able to work in and move freely between EU member states and the United Kingdom.’
‘Also, members will receive an exclusive card and membership pack with lots of fun and exciting gifts inside. Apart from a leather diary, they will also receive a t-shirt, Parker pen set and a quarterly newsletter.’
‘This will be the standard membership level, with EU Premier Plus on offer for £399.99 on an annual basis. Apart from the benefits that I have already mentioned, Premier Plus cardholders will also benefit from executive lounge access at all EU airports and Eurostar terminals and preferential rates at Avis Car Hire.’
We asked Mr Robsonne if he felt that it was fair for children to be charged the same amount as adults.
He said: ‘People under the age of 16 can benefit from our special EU Kids membership for just £9.99 per year. They will benefit from the same freedom of movement, and as a special bonus they will also get an exclusive Euan the Europhile teddy bear (‘BuHu’ the bunny will be offered to the under 5’s) and a colourful calculator for school.
‘Watch what happens when you type in an expenses claim. A £40 plane ticket and a £5 coffee and sandwich meal deal comes to … £350.’
At the time of writing, Scottish delegates are involved in negotiations for their own deal because they are from Scotland.