The U.K. is preparing to play hardball in negotiations over the rights of millions of European Union citizens living in the country, as the issue looks likely to become a major hurdle for the Brexit talks.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s team is squaring up to fight demands from Brussels that the 3.2 million EU nationals living in Britain should enjoy exactly the same privileges as now even after the country leaves the bloc.
The most controversial argument from within the EU is that the European Court of Justice continues to provide the final guarantee of entitlements. May has already promised Brexit will mark the end of the ECJ holding sway in the U.K.
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