SNP min­is­ter seeks clar­ity on rights of EU na­tion­als

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The Scot­tish Govern­ment has called for clar­ity over pro­pos­als on the rights of EU na­tion­als liv­ing in the UK af­ter Brexit, as ne­go­ti­a­tions re­sumed in Brus­sels.

Min­is­ters have pub­lished a re­sponse to the UK Govern­ment’s plan, as the sec­ond round of for­mal talks be­gan with cit­i­zens’ rights un­der dis­cus­sion.

Scot­land’s Brexit min­is­ter Michael Rus­sell said while it is wel­come that EU cit­i­zens now have some clar­ity, some “es­sen­tial is­sues” still re­main un­cer­tain.

Un­der UK min­is­ters’ plans, set out last month, EU na­tion­als res­i­dent in the UK will be able to ap­ply for “set­tled sta­tus” – ef­fec­tively guar­an­tee­ing them in­def­i­nite leave to re­main in the UK once Britain leaves the EU.

Any EU cit­i­zen who has been liv­ing in the UK con­tin­u­ously for five years will be el­i­gi­ble, while those who have been res­i­dent for less than five years will also be al­lowed to stay to build up to five years.

Min­is­ters have yet to con­firm the cut-off date for qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

The Scot­tish Govern­ment said there are a num­ber of im­por­tant ques­tions over “set­tled sta­tus”, in­clud­ing who will qual­ify, what rights they will be en­ti­tled to, rules for fam­ily mem­bers and the cost of ap­ply­ing.

Clar­ity is also needed over the rights of Ir­ish cit­i­zens, and on how rights will be pro­tected without the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice, the Govern­ment said.

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