Britain's EU nationals offer is descending into a dialogue of death, says EU law expert

EU national 'settled status' offer is a 'dialogue of death', says EU law professor

Catherine Barnard spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the latest twist in Brexit negotiations

Monday, July 10, 2017

A leading professor in EU law has claimed the conversations over the 'settled status' offer is a "dialogue of death."

The European Parliament has ridiculed Theresa May's pledge on EU citizens' rights, claiming they will give EU citizens in the UK fewer rights than British citizens are given in the EU.

Professor Catherine Barnard, a professor at the University of Cambridge and a senior fellow at The UK in a Changing Europe research group, told Julia Hartley-Brewer the bloc's main issue was the unspecified end date to grant 'settled status' to EU nationals.

She said: "This is something where there is a dialogue of death carrying on.

"I think what they [the EU] want is a replication of the rights [their citizens] currently enjoy in the UK.

"The UK position says people who have done five years will have the right to settled status. Those who arrived after the specified date but before the UK leaves will be subjected to immigration rules.

“This is what the EU doesn’t like. That’s why there’s some dispute."

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