UK plan to accommodate EU citizens
LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled details of her plan to protect the rights of EU citizens living in Britain on Monday, saying the government would work to offer them the same health, medical and educational benefits as British citizens.
An agreement on the post-Brexit rights of EU nationals is one of the easier issues to agree on, with both Britain and the rest of the bloc wanting to provide assurances to millions of their citizens living abroad.
But reflecting the complexity of family relationships born of more than 40 years of EU membership, opposition politicians demanded clarity on what the changes meant for adult children of EU nationals, who had grown up in Britain but now lived abroad. And a major sticking point was that Britain would not defer to rulings from the European Court of Justice.
The two sides must also decide on the cut-off point. Brussels wants that to be when Britain leaves the EU, but May has offered a “window” – no earlier than her confirmation of withdrawal three months ago and no later than Brexit, in March 2019.