Speaking at a European Parliament debate on the difficulty in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Barnier confused “we will continue to defend the interest of our citizens” as Brexit strikes into the subsequent section of settling the phrases of future relations between the EU and Britain.

The United Kingdom is scheduled to depart the European Union in simply over two weeks, shrinking the bloc to 27 member states.

Under the phrases of a withdrawal settlement, Britain can have a transition interval to the tip of this 12 months to seek out settlement with the EU on how their relationship will work going ahead.

Issues to be negotiated embody commerce, fishing, safety, transport and vitality as the 2 sides unpick almost 5 many years of Britain being enmeshed with the European Union.

Ending freedom of motion can have penalties for EU or British nationals offering companies in the opposite territory, in addition to limiting tourism stays and healthcare insurance coverage, and the popularity of skilled {qualifications}.

It may also make it more durable for EU residents shifting to Britain to take spouses or different members of the family with them. Citizenship points may even have penalties for the possession of firms working in the UK and the EU, akin to airways, for digital privateness guidelines and for entry to web domains.

EU ‘alert’ to issues

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen instructed MEPs in Strasbourg that the withdrawal settlement offered “certainty” for the a million British residents presently living in EU nations and the three.5 million EU residents living in the UK.

But no such freedom of motion will exist after the tip of the transition interval for different Britons or EU residents, she confused.

“After the transition period, the UK will be a third country and Brexit will mean changes to those who want to make their future life on either side of the Channel,” she mentioned.

In the upcoming negotiations, she mentioned, “we will make the citizens’ rights our main priority”. Both she and Barnier famous that some EU residents attempting to safe their rights to remain in Britain have been encountering issues.

Barnier mentioned “the Commission will be particularly alert” to these obstacles, and had already raised them with British counterparts.

He and von der Leyen emphasised the necessity for Britain to place in place an “independent” monitoring mechanism to deal with the issues.

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s level man on Brexit, mentioned Britain’s determination to not subject bodily residency permits to EU residents permitted to remain, relying as a substitute on digital data accessed by the web, would trigger issues for these attempting to show to bosses or landlords they have been legally in the UK.

He additionally jokingly referred to the “transition period” Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Monday granted to grandson Prince Harry and his spouse Meghan, throughout which her household would work out the way to take care of the couple’s determination to withdraw from outstanding royal duties.

“I ask (for) a bit of flexibility to (British) Prime Minister (Boris) Johnson – maybe he can take example to the queen, because the queen yesterday gave a transition period to leave to Harry and Meghan. So maybe some flexibility on the side of Mr Johnson could be very useful,” Verhofstadt mentioned.

An MEP from the Brexit Party, Alex Phillips, mentioned she needed to see an finish of the preferential entry EU residents needed to settling in the UK in comparison with non-EU residents, in the title of “fairness, not favouritism”.

Europeans, she mentioned, ought to have the ability to search to dwell in the UK “on equal terms with all of those who live in my open and welcoming nation – but not with super rights”.

Article by AFP’s Marie Julien


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