EU representatives are threatening to veto any Brexit deal if Theresa May doesn’t backtrack on her plans to deny EU citizens the right to free movement throughout the transitional period.
May, who is currently on a three-day trip to China, has said to reporters that the EU citizens arriving after the UK begins the process to leave the EU will be dealt in a different manner compared to those who arrive during the transition period, leading to criticism from EU officials and citizens alike.
According to Shebab Khan, a journalist working for The Independent, many EU politicians are planning to veto any Brexit deals that “lessen” EU citizen’s rights.
I have personally spoken to several European politicians and they have ALL said if citizens' rights are lessened they will veto the deal. I was told it is the European Parliament's number one priority – it is the reddest of red lines.
— Shehab Khan (@ShehabKhan) February 1, 2018
Theresa May said: “What we’re doing now is doing the job that the British people asked the government to do, which is to deliver on Brexit. In doing that they did not vote for nothing to change when we come out of the EU.”
May’s comments sparked open criticism from the EU Parliament’s coordinator for Brexit, Guy Verhofstadt, who said:
“Citizens’ rights during the transition is not negotiable. We will not accept that there are two sets of rights for EU citizens. For the transition to work, it must mean a continuation of the existing acquis with no exceptions,”
Various members of the opposition Labour party in the UK have also criticised the comments.
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