Brexit: David Davis told Brussels will not accept deportation of EU immigrants
The European Parliament would block any Brexit deal that resulted in EU citizens living in Britain being deported when the UK leaves the EU, David Davis has been told.
The Parliamentâs Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt wrote to the UKâs Brexit Secretary on Tuesday to warn that EU citizens in Britain should have âexactly the same rights as they have todayâ after the UK leaves.
The body, which has a veto on the final Brexit deal, warned last week that the UK and EU were still far from a deal on EU citizensâ rights.
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âI have today confirmed in a new letter to David Davis what in our point of view are the four el ements that are needed for a good arrangement on the citizensâ rights for EU citizens and UK citizens,â Mr Verhofstadt told reporters at a press conference in Strasbourg.
âWe cannot accept a system in which EU citizens who are currently residing in the UK or are mainly already permanently resident are at risk of being deported as a result of the process.
âThat concerns, also, the more stringent criminality checks that are forseen, more stringent than in EU law.â
Mr Verhofstadt also reiterated the Parliamentâs red-lines on EU citizens: that they should be given the right to family reunification, that their remaining in the UK should be by way of âdeclarationâ rather than application, and that the process should be cost-free for them.Guy Verhofstadt is t he European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator
The British government currently wants to charge EU citizens to apply for settled status after Brexit, and says this will cost no more than the price of a British passport. But Mr Verfhostadt said this meant applications for larger families could run into the hundreds of pounds, which could become âa problem for families with a low incomeâ.
The rights of EU citizens is one of the three main separation issues yet to be agreed between Britain and the EU. The EU will not discuss trade or Britainâs future relationship with the EU until EU citizensâ rights, the divorce bill, and the issue of the Northern Ireland border are settled.
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European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier speaks to the media as he arrives at the Council of the European Union ahead of an EU Council meeting on April 29, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The 27 members of the European Union will meet in Brussels for a special European Council meeting to discuss the continuing Brexit negotiation
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) at the Elysee Palace, in Paris
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
The European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt gestures as he addresses a press conference with the European Parliament president after Britain initiated the process to leave the EU
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May stands on the flight dec k and speaks to crew members of the 65,000-tonne British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth after it arrived at Portsmouth Naval base, its new home port on August 16, 2017 in Portsmouth, England. The HMS Queen Elizabeth is the lead ship in the new Queen Elizabeth class of supercarriers. Weighing in at 65,000 tonnes she is the largest war ship deployed by the British Royal Navy. She is planned to be in service by 2020 and with a second ship, HMS Prince of Wales, to follow
Brexit Secretary David Davis in central London
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, leaves 11 Downing Street, in central London
The UK has around a week to make "sufficient progress" on the three key issues before it misses its next change to move to trade talks. If no progress is made by early December, the next opportunity to move the talks forward will be in March â" putting extreme strain on the already tight Article 50 timetable.
No extra rounds of face-to-face talks in Brussels have yet been scheduled before the December summit, though Theresa May is expected to visit the European Parliament for behind-closed-doors talks in the coming weeks.
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