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May's offer on citizens' rights 'below expectations — EU's Tusk

May's offer on citizens' rights 'below expectations — EU's Tusk”

"My first impression is that the U.K.'s offer is below our expectations and that it risks worsening the situation of citizens", European Council President Donald Tusk said in a statement Friday, noting that Brussels' negotiating team will review it "line by line".

Nearly exactly one year after Britain voted to leave in the June 23 referendum, May promised that nobody would be forced to leave after Brexit, offering permanent rights over healthcare, education, welfare and pensions to Europeans who arrive before a cut-off date.

"They get the same residence rights, the same employment rights, the same health rights, the same welfare rights, the same pensions rights and so on, nearly the equivalent to British citizens".

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.

But Downing Street has not yet specified what the cutoff date will be for new residents, after which the guarantee would no longer apply.

Despite what he said was a "generous offer" from London, the European Parliament's chief Brexit diplomat Guy Verhofstadt said on Friday that Britain had not still promised to "fully guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK" post-Brexit. "It will be for our negotiating team to analyze the offer line by line", Tusk said during a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels.

That would make EU migrants liable to legislative changes in Britain with no recourse to an outside body such as the European Court of Justice.

Meanwhile, EU leaders agreed on Thursday the post-Brexit locations of key bank and medical agencies now based in London would be decided by November, EU President Donald Tusk said.

"That's been an important issue, we've wanted it to be one of the early issues that was considered in the negotiations, that is now the case, that work is starting", May told reporters as she arrived.

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The UK's view is that British courts should have jurisdiction.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, he said: "We are looking to see if we can get a continuation of the EHIC scheme as it now exists".

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said there were still "thousands of questions to ask".

Now that Theresa May has made a proper offer to European Union nationals, saying they will be granted permanent residence after staying five years, she has done her duty.

'We also want to see progress on robust transitional arrangements to run over a number of years, and efforts towards ensuring trade is as free as possible, with frictionless customs arrangements between Britain and the European Union'.

And their response, once May explained her proposal, ranged from "a good start" by Germany's Angela Merkel to "not sufficient" and "vague", lacking clarity and detail.

However, NIcholas Hatton, co-chairman of the 3Million movement said the proposals failed to end uncertainty over the reunification of families, the right to work and the ability to retain United Kingdom rights when moving between and working across different European countries.

One third of people said they believed Britain was on course to get a good deal out of the negotiations, while almost half of all respondents (48 per cent) said the General Election result had made Brexit "less certain".



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