July 14, 2017: The European Parliament’s group on Brexit negotiations has made a damning
assessment of British proposals on EU citizens’ rights after the U.K. leaves the European Union, further
indication of how tough the two-year negotiations are expected to become.
In a letter Monday to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and seen by The Associated
Press, the group said: “the U.K. does not respect the principles of reciprocity, symmetry and
non-discrimination.” Furthermore, it said that under the U.K. proposals made on June 26, EU citizens
in Britain would be looking at “nothing less than relegation to second-class status.”
Citizens’ rights in each other’s nations are considered the first issue that both sides must settle.
Even though Barnier is leading the negotiations, the European Parliament still has a veto right on any deal.