Brexit: Theresa May outlines offer to protect EU citizens in the UK

Brexit: Theresa May outlines offer to protect EU citizens in the UK

The offer won a guarded welcome from EU leaders

Friday, June 23, 2017

Theresa May has said the EU citizens currently resident in the UK should be “reassured and confident” by proposals unveiled by the Government to protect their status.

The Prime Minister was in Brussels on Thursday, where she outlined to the European Council plans to protect EU citizens in the UK, as long as there are reciprocal arrangements for UK citizens in the 27 member-states.

Theresa May said: "I want to reassure all EU citizens in the UK no-one will have to leave. This is a fair and serious offer.

“I want to give those EU citizens in the UK certainty, but I want to see it also given to UK citizens living in the EU."

The plans won wary acceptance from EU leaders, but received criticism from opposing parties, who said it had come too late.