More detail provided on new settled status for EU citizens

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Publication Date 07/11/2017
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One of the key issues being discussed since June 2017 in the initial sequence of Brexit negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom was 'citizen's rights'.

Ahead of the European Council, Brussels, 19-20 October 2017, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May wrote an open letter to EU citizens in the UK.

Seen as a goodwill gesture Mrs May said that the more than 3 million EU citizens living in the U.K living legally in the country 'will be able to stay'. 'We want people to stay and we want families to stay together. We hugely value the contributions that EU nationals make to the economic, social and cultural fabric of the UK'.

The United Kingdom Government published on 7 November 2017 a technical document which sets out further details on how a settled status scheme would operate for EU citizens and their families in the UK. The policy paper, called Citizens' rights: administrative procedures in the UK, is part of the negotiations with the European Commission.

The European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group later highlighted the need for major issues to be addressed regarding EU citizens rights and branded the proposal as 'inadequate'.

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UK: GOV.UK: FCO / Dept for Exiting the EU: Guidance UK nationals in the EU: what you need to know (July 2016 and periodically updated)
ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union
UK: Home Office / Department for Exiting the European Union: Policy Paper, November 2017: Citizens' rights: administrative procedures in the UK
EUObserver, 07.11.17: UK pledges easy registration for EU citizens after Brexit
European Parliament: Press Release, 08.11.17: Brexit: EP outlines its red lines on latest UK citizens’ rights proposals
Reuters, 07.11.17: Britain says expects most EU citizens can stay after Brexit
The Independent, 08.11.17: Brexit: European Parliament says Britain's new offer on EU citizens' rights is inadequate
The Guardian, 09.11.17: European parliament contradicts UK claim on deal on citizens' rights
The Conversation, 08.11.17: EU citizens’ rights and Brexit negotiations: both sides could be violating human rights law
The Conversation: Tag: EU Citizens

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