Now Brussels warns Theresa: Your of­fer on mi­grants isn’t good enough

Daily Mail - - News - From John Stevens and Mario Led­with in Brussels

EURO­PEAN lead­ers lined up yes­ter­day to dis­miss Theresa May’s Brexit of­fer to three mil­lion Eu cit­i­zens liv­ing in the UK by say­ing it was ‘not enough’.

But the prime Min­is­ter last night de­fended her ‘very fair and very se­ri­ous’ pro­posal and in­sisted that Brussels should be in no doubt Bri­tain is leav­ing and that it would be good for the coun­try.

as Eu crit­ics ar­gued that the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice must have a role over­see­ing the new cit­i­zens’ rights regime, Mrs May gave as­sur­ances that fam­i­lies’ fu­tures will be pro­tected.

In a press con­fer­ence at the close of a two­day summit, Mrs May was sked if she could guar­an­tee that Brexit would be good for Bri­tain. ‘That’s ex­actly what we’re work­ing for,’ said. ‘I have ev­ery in­ten­tion of en­sur­ing we get a good deal for Bri­tain and that not only will we able to see a good, new, deep and spe­cial part­ner­ship with the Eu, but we’ll be able to take op­por­tu­ni­ties for global Bri­tain to be trad­ing across the world.’

Mrs May said lead­ers had ‘re­acted pos­i­tively’ to the of­fer on cit­i­zen rights. ‘I want all those Eu cit­i­zens who are in the UK to know that no one will have to leave,’ she said. ‘We won’t be see­ing fam­i­lies split apart – peo­ple will be able to go on liv­ing their lives as be­fore. This is a fair and se­ri­ous of­fer. It gives those three mil­lion Eu cit­i­zens in the UK cer­tainty about the fu­ture of their lives and we want the same cer­tainty for the more than one mil­lion UK cit­i­zens liv­ing in the Euro­pean union.’

But Euro­pean Coun­cil pres­i­dent Don­ald Tusk said it was ‘ob­vi­ous’ the UK is try­ing to strip away rights cur­rently en­joyed by Euro­pean cit­i­zens. ‘The UK of­fer is be­low our ex­pec­ta­tions and risks wors­en­ing the sit­u­a­tion,’ he said.

Eu lead­ers were also furious about Mrs May’s re­fusal to ac­cept a role for the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice. Jean-Claude Juncker, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion pres­i­dent, said he ‘can­not see’ the Luxembourg court be­ing ex­cluded from any agree­ment.

Bel­gium’s Charles Michel called Mrs May’s open­ing of­fer ‘an ex­tremely vague pro­posal for some­thing in­cred­i­bly com­pli­cated’.

Ger­man chan­cel­lor an­gela Merkel also raised con­cerns about the UK’s re­fusal to ac­cept the con­tin­ued ju­ris­dic­tion of the ECJ, say­ing there was ‘a long way to go’ be­fore a deal could be reached.

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