OFFICIAL RESPONSE OF BRITISH IN EUROPE AND THE3MILLION TO THE SECOND ROUND OF THE BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS ON CITIZENS RIGHTS BETWEEN THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THE EUROPEAN UNION (JULY 2017)
2 August 2017
British in Europe and the3million welcome the fact that the discussion of their rights has been constructive and positive. They also welcome the immediate post-negotiation round briefing on the outcome with us on July 20/21.
Real concerns have arisen, however, over:
The EU position on Freedom of Movement for UK citizens in Europe;
The continued and confusing use of UK immigration law concepts in relation to residence rights.
Both sides’ desire to limit the rights of a permanent resident to return after two years’ absence.
The EU refusal to concede voting rights in local or European elections.
Most of the concerns we expressed earlier remain, and we mention some further issues arising from the recent discussions.
We are particularly concerned that the issue of ring-fencing the agreement on citizens' rights does not appear to have been discussed or to be tabled for future discussion.