Several European countries have moved to shore up the rights of British residents in the event of a “no deal” Brexit, as the March deadline looms. It follows an appeal by the EU for member states to take a “generous approach”, should the UK leave the bloc without an agreement. The British government has also given assurances about the rights of EU nationals living in the UK in such a scenario. However, many details on both sides are left up in the air and campaigners have described the situation as “unacceptable”. The Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between London and Brussels grants continued residency and social security rights, and secures freedom of movement during the planned transition period. However, all this depends on the deal being ratified – and strong opposition in the UK parliament means its survival is in serious doubt. Citizens’ rights in the event of “no deal” were addressed by both the European Commission and the British government when they published their respective plans in December. What ‘no deal’ means for over 3 million EU citizens in the UK The British government’s Policy Paper on Citizens’ Rights sets out to “remove any ambiguity”: EU citizens and their family members… Read full this story
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