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.