Theresa May spelling out 'settled status' plan for EU nationals after Brexit

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

Gabriel said he wanted to see "more clarity on the substance".

"We're talking about the continuing indexation of pensions to people who are in the EU".

Just what was "fair and serious" offer?

During a working dinner in Brussels on Thursday night, May made what she called a "fair and serious offer" to her European counterparts regarding the future rights of EU citizens after Brexit, an issue European leaders have repeatedly made clear is their first priority in Brexit negotiations.

"The UK's offer is below our expectations and risks worsening the situation for our citizens", Tusk said.

Mrs May's offer on residency rights was branded "a first step, but not sufficient" by the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker at an EU summit last week.

Mr Davis said the Government was planning a "continuation" of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) after Brexit and would provide a similar scheme "unilaterally" if there was no agreement.

Arguing that the European Council had not mentioned the court in its negotiating guidelines, but the Commission did in its interpretation, Davis said Britain could accept some arbitration but not under the current system.

"At the moment I can say that it is headed in the right directions but this is only a preliminary discussion", Szydło said.

Those who have not yet reached five years would be entitled to stay on until they reach the threshold for settled status while it is understood that those arriving after an as-yet-unspecified cut-off date would be given a "grace period" - expected to be two years - to obtain a work permit or return to their home countries.

Extending sanctions against Russian Federation, commitment to Paris Climate Change Agreement and moving EU agencies based in London following Brexit were among the significant issues taken up by the Council, President Donald Tusk said in a joint news conference with the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU term president Malta's prime minister, Joseph Muscat.

Earlier on Friday, Belgian prime minister Charles Michel called May's proposals "particularly vague". "We have said that we want to pursue this matter in good co-operation, but what has come out of yesterday was also that we still have a long way to go yet", she said.

European Union leaders, who want their citizens to enjoy the same rights as now in perpetuity, reacted cautiously to the UK's initial plans on Friday.

The EU will "analyze line by line" the UK's proposals when they are published on Monday, Tusk said. "We do want to make our interests very clear and if there is no guarantee for the full freedoms, then this exercise will have to lead to a situation where there are certain effects on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the 27 member states".

Mr Tusk said: "It is obvious that the impact of Brexit on citizens' rights is negative and our role is to reduce this negative... effect of Brexit".

"My concern at this time is that we might be creating pitfalls if the details are not really ironed out", Muscat said.

Mr Davis said the cut-off point for European Union nationals being resident in the United Kingdom to be eligible for the rights package would fall somewhere between Article 50 being triggered in March this year and Britain's leaving date of March 2019.

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