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The UK is due to leave the Euro­pean Union on 30 March 2019. Un­til this date, the rights and sta­tus of Bri­tish peo­ple liv­ing in France are not set to change. How­ever, our fu­ture re­la­tion­ship with the EU, in­clud­ing cit­i­zens’ rights, re­mains un­clear.

As we go to press, MEPS have voted over­whelm­ingly to urge the Euro­pean Coun­cil not to start trade talks with the UK be­cause in­suf­fi­cient progress has been made on the three main ‘di­vorce’ is­sues: cit­i­zens’ rights, the so-called di­vorce bill and how the bor­der will work be­tween North­ern Ire­land and the Repub­lic of Ire­land.

Many of the MEPS at the de­bate in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment blamed the stale­mate on in-fight­ing within the Tory party, lead­ing to mixed mes­sages and con­fu­sion.

De­spite meet­ing for a week of talks once a month since June, UK and EU ne­go­tia­tors have not yet agreed which court should en­force the rights of EU na­tion­als liv­ing in the UK af­ter Brexit, nor the amount of money the UK should pay to set­tle its ac­counts with the union.

In a rare col­lab­o­ra­tion, the CBI em­ploy­ers fed­er­a­tion and Trades Union Congress have is­sued a joint plea for “ur­gent ac­tion” to guar­an­tee cit­i­zens’ rights af­ter March 2019. They de­scribed the fail­ure to reach con­sen­sus as “in­tol­er­a­ble” and a “blight on the val­ues of our na­tions”.

Theresa May gave a speech in Florence, Italy, in late Septem­ber call­ing for an “im­ple­men­ta­tion pe­riod” of around two years af­ter Bri­tain’s of­fi­cial exit from the union in March 2019. Dur­ing this time, the Prime Min­is­ter said, trade would con­tinue as nor­mal and EU cit­i­zens would be able to come and live and work in the UK but there would be a reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem in “prepa­ra­tion for the new regime”. She also said the UK would hon­our its fi­nan­cial com­mit­ments to the union.

Af­ter­wards the chief EU ne­go­tia­tor Michel Barnier said the speech showed a will­ing­ness to move for­ward that could help ne­go­ti­a­tions, but warned that it could be weeks or months be­fore talks moved on to the next phase.

Mean­while, MPS have nar­rowly backed the EU With­drawal Bill that will end the supremacy of EU law in time for Brexit. The Great Re­peal Bill, as it also com­monly known, will con­vert all ex­ist­ing EU laws into UK law.

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