|Author (Person)||Peers, Steve|
|Series Title||EU Law Analysis|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
At a press conference held early on the 8 December 2017 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and United Kingdom Prime Theresa May announced that they had reached agreement in principle across the three areas under consideration in the first phase of negotiations for the UK to leave the EU:
+ protecting the rights of Union citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the Union
This blog feature (and related hyperlinks below) focused on the first area - issues relating to protecting the rights of Union citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the Union. See specifically the document issued by the European Commission on the 8 December 2017 Joint technical note expressing the detailed consensus of the UK and EU positions on Citizens’ 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 set 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, was 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'.
|Subject Categories||Internal Markets, Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Europe, United Kingdom|