Brexit: EU negotiator stands firm on citizen's rights

Tom MarkLast Update : Wednesday 12 July 2017 - 12:38 PM
Brexit: EU negotiator stands firm on citizen's rights

The EU’s top Brexit negotiator has said there are still major differences between the EU and UK on the rights of EU citizens living in Britain.

“The British position does not allow those persons concerned to continue to live their lives as they do today,” Michael Barnier said.

Mr Barnier said the European Court of Justice (ECJ) must have jurisdiction to guarantee citizen’s rights.

He also said it was essential that the UK recognise its financial obligations.

“We want EU citizens in Britain to have the same rights as British citizens who live in the EU,” he told a news conference.

That would require the ECJ to be the ultimate guarantor” of those rights, he said – because Britain could simply change its laws later, creating uncertainty.

UK law also imposes restrictions in areas such as reuniting families across borders, he said – something which is not applied to UK citizens living in Spain, for example.

Mr Barnier also said such issues on the “first phase” were “indivisible”, and must all be dealt with before future UK-EU trade could be discussed.

Source: world bbc

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