Theresa May has reassured EU nationals in Britain she will make it as easy as possible for them to remain in the UK after Brexit.
The Prime Minister penned an open letter on her Facebook page, and also sent an email directly to 100,000 EU citizens.
In the letter, she said the negotiations are within “touching distance” of reaching accord on their rights and has promised a “streamlined” digital service for them to remain.
The offer comes ahead of a key EU summit in Brussels, where leaders of the other 27 member-states are expected to agree to not begin formal negotiations on trade because it is too early.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman has said she will urge the 27 to concentrate on trade opportunities for the future over unravelling the UK’s 44-year relationship with the bloc and its previous incarnations.
She is expected to reinforce Donald Tusk’s message of preparing internally for upcoming trade talks.