Clear­ing the first Brexit hur­dle

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

This ed­i­to­rial first ap­peared in Bloomberg View:

The first task for the Brexit ne­go­tia­tors is to agree on the rights of Euro­pean Union cit­i­zens in Bri­tain, and of U.K. cit­i­zens in the EU. In a ra­tio­nal world, this would be straight­for­ward. In the real world, it will be a prob­lem if one side or the other chooses to make it one.

Roughly 3.2 mil­lion EU cit­i­zens live in Bri­tain, and 1.2 mil­lion U.K. cit­i­zens live in Europe. Brexit casts doubt on their res­i­dency sta­tus and fu­ture rights. The fairest and least dis­rup­tive so­lu­tion is rec­i­proc­ity: EU cit­i­zens in the U.K. and U.K. cit­i­zens in the EU should have the same rights.

A more fun­da­men­tal worry has cen­tred on the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice. the Bri­tish govern­ment has em­pha­sized the need to re­cover sovereignty from EU in­sti­tu­tions, and es­pe­cially from the ECJ; the EU has seemed equally de­ter­mined to pre­serve the full sway of the court in mat­ters re­lat­ing to its cit­i­zens. This may be chang­ing. Bloomberg re­ported the EU could be will­ing to let a new ar­bi­tra­tion body pro­tect the fu­ture rights of EU cit­i­zens in Bri­tain. Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May has pre­vi­ously sug­gested a sim­i­lar com­pro­mise.

What­ever hap­pens, Brexit will be a se­vere blow, es­pe­cially to Bri­tain — but there’s no need to make a bad sit­u­a­tion worse.

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