Javid urges EU to se­cure ex­pats’ rights

Daily Mail - - One Day To Go ... - By Ian Drury Home Af­fairs Ed­i­tor

HOME Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid has de­manded re­as­sur­ance from the EU over the rights of Bri­tons liv­ing on the Con­ti­nent fol­low­ing Brexit.

He fears that ex­pats could lose their ex­ist­ing rights, and has pressed Euro­pean lead­ers for in­for­ma­tion on the ar­range­ments for UK cit­i­zens who want to re­main in the EU af­ter Bri­tain leaves in De­cem­ber 2020.

Mr Javid said it was un­clear what mem­ber states were do­ing to en­sure that the rights of the 900,000 Bri­tons in their coun­tries were pro­tected.

In­sid­ers ex­pressed con­cerns that EU lead­ers were us­ing Bri­tish cit­i­zens as ‘bar­gain­ing chips’ in Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions af­ter the Gov­ern­ment guar­an­teed the rights of Euro­pean cit­i­zens in the UK.

In a let­ter to Guy Ver­hof­s­tadt, the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment’s Brexit co-or­di­na­tor, Mr Javid wrote: ‘The Gov­ern­ment cares deeply about the re­cip­ro­cal ar­range­ments for UK na­tion­als liv­ing in the 27 mem­ber states.

‘We are con­cerned that as yet we have seen lit­tle in­for­ma­tion about the prac­ti­cal ar­range­ments for se­cur­ing their rights un­der the With­drawal Agree­ment.

‘Is the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment able to pro­vide any re­as­sur­ance about progress on equiv­a­lent ar­range­ments for UK na­tion­als? We are dis­cussing this with the Com­mis­sion and I would en­cour­age you to press for sim­i­lar as­sur­ances to pro­tect UK na­tion­als.’

Bri­tain says all 3.2mil­lion EU na­tion­als liv­ing in the UK can stay for the rest of their lives with the same rights as Bri­tons.

Cit­i­zens who have lived in the UK law­fully for at least five years will gain ‘set­tled sta­tus’, giv­ing them full ac­cess to schools, hos­pi­tals, pen­sions and ben­e­fits. Those who have been res­i­dent for a shorter pe­riod can stay on until they have reached the fiveyear thresh­old, as will those who ar­rive dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod.

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