UK says EU plans to restrict the residency rights of British expats living within the bloc once the UK leaves

Ilinca Tanase
By Ilinca Tanase august 9, 2017 20:08

UK says EU plans to restrict the residency rights of British expats living within the bloc once the UK leaves

Britain’s Brexit minister David Davies has revealed that the European Union plans to restrict the residency rights of British expats living within the bloc once the UK leaves. The European Union has proposed that Britons living in the bloc after Brexit will only have the right to stay in the country where they are resident when Britain leaves, Brexit minister David Davis said in a letter on Wednesday, said Reuters.

The future rights of UK nationals living in the EU and EU nationals living in Britain is one of the issues the bloc wants to settle in the first stage of negotiations. Only then will it move on to talks over the future trading relationship.

In a letter updating a committee of lawmakers from Britain’s upper house of parliament on the negotiations, Davis said the EU was only offering restricted residency rights to Britons.

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Britons living in the bloc after Brexit will only have the right to stay in the country where they are resident when Britain leaves, the minister told UK lawmakers. Davis said revealed the EU’s stance in a letter to the House of Lords EU Committee on Wednesday while updating the members on the government’s recent round of negotiations, according to media reports of the meeting.

„Their offer only guarantees residence rights in the member state in which a British national was resident at the point of our exit from the EU. It does not guarantee the holder … any right to onward movement within the EU, for example to work or study in a neighbouring member state” he said.

„We have questioned whether this is consistent with the principle of reciprocity, and also with the Commission’s desire to protect rights currently enjoyed under EU law. This will be the subject of further discussion in due course.”

The European Commission, the Brussels-based executive arm of the EU where a special team is negotiating with London on behalf of the other 27 states, said divorce negotiations should start with addressing the uncertainty caused by Brexit.

„That includes the financial settlement and the uncertainty that surrounds the rights of EU citizens in the UK and of UK citizens in the EU,” a spokeswoman said.

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