We have had a reply from Guy Verhofstadt to a letter we sent some time ago. It is as follows:
Dear Jim and Jane,
First of all, let me apologise for the delay in replying to your email and thank you for your support. In this difficult negotiating process, it is good to know that citizens are on our side.
I fully understand your worries and the uncertainty you feel because of Brexit. One cannot hide from the fact that the withdrawal of the UK from the EU may have negative consequences for citizens. Safeguarding citizens’ rights is a priority for the EU in its talks with the UK, and the European Parliament has made it very clear from the beginning that it is citizens first. I can assure you that we will continue to push for full rights not only for EU citizens in the UK, but also UK citizens who, like you, live in the EU.
From the moment this process started, I have been convinced that some sort of special solution needs to be found for individual citizens, who want to maintain their ties with the European Union.
However, I have to say that this will be difficult, but what I will promise is that I will do everything I can for people like you who feel European. You are not alone and your voice is being heard.
Encouraging, when we need all we can get!