UK plan to ac­com­mo­date EU ci­ti­zens

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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.

Reuters

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