The following has been received from someone who obviously has read the Lisbon Treaty.
"We cannot be 'Citizens' of a non-state.
The Lisbon Treaty makes extravagant claims about conferring 'citizenship' on people living in what it chooses to call 'member states'.
This so-called 'citizenship' is described as a 'right'. It apparently carries with it 'duties' but these have never been spelled out in any of the EU treaties over the last 50 years.
Who gave them this claimed authority? Who elected them?
Since when has any genuine sovereign country just dished out citizenship willy-nilly to millions of people who never asked for it?
Such a half-baked extravagant proposition is an embarrassment, not so much to us but to the authors of such nonsense. Their offer is an empty vessel. It is absurd. It does not stand up to any sort of scrutiny.
So-called 'citizenship' fails at the first test - a few simple questions of clarification.
Who are these people who think they can take it upon themselves to grant (and by implications take away) a person's right to 'belong' to the country of their birth?
They are no more than a passing parade of petty anonymous bureaucrats. But the powers they have seized for themselves are potentially lethal for the rest of us.
Who gave them permission to grant such 'citizenship' to foreigners and economic migrants with no connections or commitment to the countries now obliged to allow them in?
Yet we now have millions of migrants seeking a better life for themselves. An entirely understandable ambition, perhaps, but huge numbers of Muslims amongst them make it totally clear they owe no allegiance to the country obliged to take them in under EU 'Law'. Instead, when they have the numerical and political power to enforce it, the seek ultimately to introduce their own primitive sharia law in its place.
We are each born a citizen of the country of our birth. In the UK it is referred to as being born 'a subject of the Crown'.
You might, provided you or your parents apply/assert the right, simultaneously be the citizen of the country from which your family came. The important point is that application is required.
The EU is still not a sovereign state and still does not have a head of state - neither a monarch nor an elected president. Today it claims to be a supra-national organisation with a president of a council, not one member of which was elected. They have merely appointed themselves. (In that respect, where are the differences between the EU and the USSR, even the UN?)
So, today, the point is this - there is no sovereign state of which we could be citizens. And even if there was, we must surely have applied for such citizenship because - by definition - we would be obliged to renounce the citizenship we already hold.
Claims of EU citizenship are just empty rhetoric, embarrassing claptrap. Easily rejected.
From a legal standpoint, my inclination is to do nothing, at least until they try to test the claimed reality of EU citizenship in some way. Then we go to law."