Brexit: Theresa May wants early agreement on citizen rights

Brexit: Theresa May wants early agreement on citizen rights

Theresa May

Friday, December 16, 2016

Theresa May has told the 27 EU leaders she wants an early agreement on the status of Britons living in Europe and EU citizens in the UK during the Brexit negotiations.

The Prime Minister made the statements at a meeting in Brussels to update the other member-states. The push for an early agreement on the citizen status comes amid high concerns from EU nationals about the uncertainty of their rights after Brexit. 

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny revealed Theresa May's desire for a swift resolution of this issue to reporters following the European Council summit meeting in Brussels, telling them about her hope for a deal on EU nationals.

He said: "She would like to have the question of UK citizens living in Europe and European citizens living in the UK dealt with in the early part of discussions that take place."