Brexit: Theresa May implores EU nationals to stay in the UK after European Union departure

Brexit: Theresa May implores EU nationals to stay in the UK after European Union departure

The Prime Minister wrote an open letter to foreign nationals from the EU to end any 'underlying anxiety'

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Theresa May has called on the European Union nationals currently resident in the United Kingdom to stay in the country after Brexit. 

There are roughly three million citizens from countries currently living in Britain, and the validity of their status has been up in the air in the wake of the leave vote. 

On Friday, the Prime Minister and Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, announced a breakthrough in the ongoing Brexit talks. 

Now the Prime Minister has sent an open letter around to EU nationals in the country to address the "underlying anxiety" they have felt. 

In her statement, she implored the EU nationals to stay because they enrich the economy, culture, society, and national life.

To reassure them, the Prime Minister says the enshrinement of their residency rights had been a key priority for her, and they would now be able to apply for "settled status."

May and the rest of the UK team are waiting on approval from the other 27 member-states to move the talks onto trade.