The British proposal offers EU nationals who have lived in Britain for at least five years the right to live, work and access benefits
The EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) welcomes British Secretary of State David Davis for a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Monday July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert), photo: AP/Geert Vanden Wijngaert
17 of July 2017 12:31:09
BRUSSELS – Talks to extricate Britain from the European Union began in earnest Monday with both sides still seemingly far apart on citizens' rights after Brexit officially takes place in less than two years.After an initial meeting last month where the structure of the talks was determined, Britain's Brexit minister, David Davis, met up with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator in Brussels ahead of four-days of discussions.Progress on citizens' rights is one of the three main issues that have to be resolved before the two sides can start talking about a wide-ranging free trade deal, the others being the bill Britain has to pay to meet existing commitments and the border issue in Ireland.The British proposal offers EU nationals who have lived in Britain for at least five years — as of an unspecified cutoff date — the right to live, work and access benefits.
Civil servants will do the bulk of the negotiating. After opening the talks with Barnier Monday, Davis returned to London and is due back in Brussels Thursday for a press conference with the EU negotiator.At a separate meeting of foreign ministers, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted that a recent offer by Prime Minister Theresa May for EU citizens in Britain is "a very fair, serious offer.""I hope very much that people can look at that offer in the spirit it deserves," he told reporters. "It's a great offer."
Watch David Davis as he arrived in Brussels today to reiterate that the UK and EU should work together to get the best outcome pic.twitter.com/7vHruZadK7— Exiting the EU Dept (@DExEUgov) 17 de julio de 2017