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Theresa May makes 'fair and serious' offer to European Union citizens

Theresa May makes 'fair and serious' offer to European Union citizens”

The accusation comes hours after May presented her proposals for the post-Brexit status of 3 million EU citizens living in Britain to European leaders in Brussels on Thursday night. Tim Farron, the pro-EU outgoing Liberal Democrat leader, said it leaves too many unanswered questions for citizens.

May had previously refused to guarantee the rights of Europeans until the futures of one million British expatriates living in the rest of the EU were also secured, and she said her proposal depended on a reciprocal deal.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street, London.

UKIP MEP for the East of England, Tim Aker, said: "Saying that the Prime Minister must accept any deal is like an idiot going into a vehicle showroom and driving out with a auto he never wanted".

May outlined the broad principles of the UK's offer on citizens' rights at the end of a dinner with the other 27 European Union leaders on Thursday night, before leaving to allow them to continue discussions without her.

And there's a massive question mark following Theresa May around the European Council building as she moves back into the room she had to leave last night so the 27 could hear a Brexit briefing from Michel Barnier and then decide how they intend to carve up some of the institutional spoils of Brexit, agencies that were located in the United Kingdom and which will now seek a new home elsewhere in the EU.

Austria has tried to promote itself as a top candidate for the agencies, with Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz saying, "We have wonderful general conditions in Vienna, and that's why I consider that we are a very attractive location".

Those with a shorter period of residency will be able to stay on to reach the five-year threshold and others arriving after a yet-to-be-defined cut-off date will have a "grace period" to regularise their status. British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, speaks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, right, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a round table meeting at an EU Summit in Brussels on Friday, June 23, 2017. Eu.

"We don't want to buy a pig in a poke", Michel said, using an old-fashioned expression for agreeing to buy something without inspecting it beforehand. "But of course there are still many, many other questions", Merkel said in Brussels, in remarks echoed Friday by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. European Union negotiators will want to see the details of this proposal which are only due to be made public next Monday.

Austria's Chancellor, Christian Kern, warned: "A lot of citizens of Europe are concerned and are not covered with the proposals of Ms May, so there is a long, long way to go for the negotiations".

She's signalling she'll be there for the whole of Brexit negotiations.

The Labour Party said the prime minister's proposal was "too little too late", reiterating that people should not be used as "bargaining chips" in Brexit negations.



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