Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal to safeguard residency rights of European Union citizens currently living in the U.K. met a tepid reception both in Europe and at home, with EU counterparts and London Mayor Sadiq Khan stressing that many issues remain unresolved.
May told EU leaders over dinner at a summit in Brussels Thursday that almost all 3 million EU citizens in the U.K. will be able to continue living there after Brexit, saying she wanted to offer them as much certainty as possible about their futures.
Citizens’ rights is one of the main issues that the EU and U.K. need to resolve before trade talks can be broached leading up to Britain’s March 2019 exit from the bloc. Even though the prime minister emphasized that she didn’t want to break up families or deport anyone who currently lives in the U.K., EU leaders withheld judgment on the proposal, choosing to wait for the release of the full plan on Monday.
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