Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

United Kingdom proposals on citizens'rights have much in common with the EU's

United Kingdom proposals on citizens'rights have much in common with the EU's

"More ambition, clarity and guarantees needed than in today's United Kingdom position", Barnier said in a tweet.

Under the plan, European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom before a certain cut-off date will be allowed to remain and apply for formal residency rights, or "settled status," after the United Kingdom formally withdraws from the bloc.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn denounced the proposals as "too little, too late".

So with Brexit negotiations now underway, I will outline the UK's offer to secure the rights of these people.

Persons who have arrived in the United Kingdom before the "cut off point", which won't be earlier than 9 March 2017 (the date Article 50 was triggered) or later than the date the United Kingdom officially leaves the European Union, but who haven't been living here for five years can only apply for permanent residency once they have reached the five-year threshold. And they'll be able to claim benefits, pensions and apply for social housing on the same basis as British citizens.

Those who arrive before the cut-off date can build up five years' continuous residence after Brexit but people who arrive after the cut-off point will be subject to the new immigration regime.

Several methods of verifying an European Union citizen has been in the United Kingdom for five years will be looked at. This is problematic for the EU, because EU citizens in Britain, who now can appeal decisions of British courts to the European Court of Justice, would lose that right with Brexit.

"Our proposals as set out below are without prejudice to Common Travel Area arrangements between the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the rights of British and Irish citizens in each others' countries rooted in the Ireland Act 1949", it says. "We want you to stay", she told a rowdy session of parliament, adding some detail to a proposal made to Brussels on Friday.

I hope this offer demonstrates the fair way we intend to conduct these negotiations, and the deep and special partnership we now want with the EU.

The European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt was downbeat about May's proposals, saying: "A number of limitations remain worrisome and will have to be carefully assessed".

Without putting a timescale on the transitional process, the Chancellor said firms needed certainty "whether it is the British importer renewing a contract with a French component supplier, the German auto exporter investing in its United Kingdom distribution network, the Dutch grower who is making a contract with a British supermarket chain or the Italian electricity company hedging its exposures through London's financial markets".

Since Britain's decision to leave the European Union was announced in June 2016, there has been widespread speculation about what this will mean for EU citizens living in the United Kingdom (and indeed United Kingdom citizens living in other EU member states). - Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) June 26, 2017 That could prove a sticking point for the British government, which has consistently rejected any involvement of the European Court of Justice after Brexit.

"The EU citizens that have been working in Britain for the past few years, they deserve the same rights, they should not be second class citizens in Britain".

"We will apply rules to exclude those who are serious or persistent criminals and those whom we consider a threat to the United Kingdom", the policy document says.

Meanwhile, those who arrive after the cut-off date will be allowed to remain in the United Kingdom for at least a temporary period and may become eligible to settle permanently, but this is not guaranteed. However, with an estimated 3.2 million living in the country, the Home Office is keen to get going early and is encouraging people to apply before Britain has actually left.

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