European Union leaders will insist Britain grant permanent residence to EU citizens who arrive before Brexit in 2019 and stay five more years, according to a draft negotiating plan they will endorse this weekend.
In the latest sign of the bloc cranking up pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to guarantee full rights after Britain's departure for the 3 million EU nationals living there, new draft guidelines include wording that diplomats said aims to head off any British move to cut immigrant numbers by forcing people out.
Personally I would not accept that demand. My view is that 10s of thousands of EU citizens could head for these shores before 2019 so if any date is to be set it should be that only those here on the date of the referendum should be automatically given this right. ( Subject to good conduct of course.)
The number already applying is causing problems.
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