BREAKING: Donald Tusk slams Theresa May’s EU citizens’ rights offer as ‘below expectations’

LAST UPDATED: 23 Jun, 2017 @ 15:05
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DONALD Tusk has said Theresa May’s proposals for EU citizens in the UK post-Brexit are ‘below expectations’ and ‘risk worsening the situation of citizens’.

The President of the European Council said: “Citizens’ rights are the number one priority for the EU 27 and we have made our position clear.

“We want to ensure the full rights for EU and UK citizens after Brexit,” Tusk told reporters after a two-day EU summit in Brussels where May outlined a plan.

“My fist impression is that the UK’s offer is below our expectations and that it risks worsening the situation of citizens. But it will be for our negotiation team to analyse the offer line by line once we receive it on paper.”

Under May’s proposal, EU nationals who have lived in the UK for five years by a specific cut-off date will be able to take up ‘settled status’, granting them rights to stay in the country and receive healthcare, education, welfare and pensions as if they were British citizens.

If they have not been in the country for five years, they will have the chance to stay on until they reach the five-year threshold.

Those arriving after the cut-off date but before the date of Brexit will have a ‘grace period’ – expected to be two years – within which to regularise their immigration status with a view to later seeking settled status.

 

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  1. What I would like to hear from the EU what are their proposal for expats in Europe. Leave aside the offer made by T.May which is far and beyond any offers made by the EU so far. Would the EU accept that the British Courts have a final say over the ECJ. Perhaps Tusk tends to forget that thousands of Polish people (his own Kin) have for many years lived a contented happy live in the UK, if not they would have returned to the proverish state they left, and how many of his kin has required the assistance of the ECJ. All peoples residing in the UK are protected by the British legal system.
    Britain is leaving the European Union and becoming it’s own state/country once again and Tusk should also consider that Britain has 1000 armed forces permanently stationed for their protection together with NATO forces who are not permanent. I think Trusk should reconsider his pathetic words when he states, “We want to ensure the full rights for EU and UK citizens after Brexit,”

    • The EU doesn’t need to “make offers” It’s the nuts in Blighty who want to leave. They are the ones who need to go cap in hand to Europe and politely ask them to be kind to us.
      As for Polish workers, they are the ones doing US a favour, when they leave (as already many are doing) the country will be a poorer place for it.

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