Barnier warns of post-Brexit 'consequences' for UK, EU citizens

Clay Curtis
January 17, 2020

The Home Office said that pre-establishment status was typically granted to people who have lived in the country for five years and who insisted that applicants first be given the opportunity to demonstrate their pre-establishment status.

The European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned London today not to discriminate against EU citizens seeking permanent residency in Britain, calling on the United Kingdom government to set up an independent monitoring authority.

Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray walks after a Liberal Democrats news conference following the results of the European Parliament elections, in London, Britain May 27, 2019.

A body that represents local authorities in the industrial areas of England, Scotland and Wales said the government needed to match the money now coming from Brussels and allow for extra European Union cash that would have arrived over the next few years.

According to its provisions, all social security rights under European Union law will be maintained and citizens' rights will be guaranteed throughout their lifetime.

Media reports in December said the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier had written to the UK Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay expressing concern over the fate of Europeans who failed to apply for residency, and over the monitoring body.

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Fixed asset investment rose 5.4pc for the full year, but growth had plumbed record lows in autumn. The figure is within Beijing's official target of 6.0% to 6.5%, but down from 6.6% in 2018.

Leave Means Leave, a cross-party campaign group, has also called for Boris Johnson to appear on stage "to mark the extraordinary date".

The huge Conservative majority following the UK's December general election has removed any uncertainty in the House of Commons.

Parliament highlights that assurances are needed on the protection of citizens' rights to ensure its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement.

MEPs will demand full implementation of the agreement reached, so that citizens' rights are truly protected.

The debate by MEPs on Tuesday is due to be followed by a vote on Wednesday.

"I understand why the Government doesn't want to extend the transition period, but there simply isn't time to negotiate the entire future relationship, have it ratified by national parliaments and for business to prepare to implement it in 11 months", he added.

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