Julia Hartley-Brewer clashes with Open Britain director over rights of EU nationals

Julia Hartley-Brewer clashes with Open Britain director over rights of EU nationals

Theresa May has put forward an offer for EU nationals

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Julia Hartley-Brewer has clashed with the co-executive director of pro-EU campaign group Open Britain over the rights of EU nationals.

Theresa May has said some EU nationals will have to apply for “settled status” in order to stay in the UK and receive the same rights, depending on how long they have been in the country.

James McGrory told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I think it’s come far too late. This is a year after Brexit and everybody agrees this is the first thing that should be sorted out in the negotiations."

But Julia argued that it was Angela Merkel and the European Commission that refused to discuss the matter before Article 50 was triggered and the delay is not the government's fault.

Mr McGrory countered, arguing that the government "could have made a big, comprehensive, unilateral offer," although Julia questioned why he'd want to do this and risk the chances of British citizens living in other EU countries getting a good deal.

McGrory also said: "I think it’s a very difficult situation where we’re going to live in a country where we’re dividing people into those who have to have ID cards and those that don’t."

He believes "there are different ways you can do it, through visa arrangements and the like".

Listen to the full interview above