Danuta Hübner, the head of the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO), warned Monday that English will not be one of the European Union’s official languages after Britain leaves the EU. English is one of the EU’s 24 official languages because the U.K. identified it as its own official language, Hübner said.

But as soon as Britain completes the process to leave the EU, English could lose its status. “We have a regulation … where every EU country has the right to notify one official language,” Hübner said. “The Irish have notified Gaelic, and the Maltese have notified Maltese, so you have only the U.K. notifying English.” READ MORE