PM's European Union workers offer could create 'second-class citizenship'


PM's European Union workers offer could create 'second-class citizenship'

Mrs May's weakened position, having lost her majority and now trailing the opposition Labour Party in opinion polls, has reopened the debate over how Brexit should unfold, with some of her own most senior ministers now emboldened to disagree with her. "The UK response to our proposal came three weeks later".

In a letter addressed to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, EU parliamentarians warned of "the harshness" of the United Kingdom proposal regarding the rights that European people would have after the exit of United Kingdom from EU, also known as Brexit.

The European Parliament, the legislature of the EU, is prepared to veto the EU-UK deal on Brexit, i.e. the latter's exit from the former, unless Britain offers better terms for the status of EU citizens living there, the heads of the largest groups in the EU Parliament have threatened.

After a British businessman who has lived in Germany for 25 years raised concerns about his future, Merkel said he may want to apply for German citizenship "to be on the safe side".

Under the proposals, European Union nationals who have been resident in Britain for five years would earn permanent residency rights as is now the case. Moreover, no guarantees of equal treatment are provided for these applicants.

The retail industry workers were most likely to vote to Leave with 17% of business owners voting to leave.

Mr Johnson replied: "I'm sure that your words will have broken like a thunderclap over Brussels and they will pay attention to what you have said". Will doctors enjoy continued and guaranteed recognition of their qualifications in the UK?

She promised the families of European Union citizens rights broadly in line with those of non-EU family members of British citizens, including settled status after five years.

While we have the greatest respect for the British legal system, courts apply the laws adopted by British politicians, who are now unable to give sufficient guarantees for the years to come, let alone for a lifetime.

The MEPs also insisted the European Court of Justice should play a "full role" in enforcing citizens' rights - something which is a red line to May.

"Negotiators on both sides of the UK-EU talks should aim to agree transitional arrangements as soon as possible", the CBI said in a statement.

The European court deals with disputes involving the single market and is often tasked with interpreting EU law and ensuring its equal application across all EU member states.

Children born to European Union nationals who do not have permanent leave to remain will have to apply for it. "That is simply unthinkable", he wrote.

"The European Union has a common mission to extend, enhance and expand rights, not reduce them".

A trade deal with the USA alone is not enough to justify the UK's decision to leave the European Union (EU), says British justice minister David Lidington. "For us, this is a question of basic fundamental rights and values, which are at the heart of the European project".

The EU Parliament's deputy spokeswoman, Marjory van den Broeke, said Mr Verhofstadt's letter was co-written with the other members of the parliament's Brexit steering committee and the leaders of the largest political groups and has the support of the parliament's president Antonio Tajani.



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