Response of British in Europe and the3million to the third round of negotiations.
Published on 6 September 2017
- the3million and British in Europe welcome, as before, the immediate post negotiation round briefing on the outcome with us.
- We welcome the progress that has been made over matters such as the inclusion of frontier workers in the agenda, the aggregation of future social security contributions and the agreement on healthcare.
- However, besides these elements of progress, almost all the concerns expressed earlier remain including, in particular, as regards the UK’s proposal of settled status and the EU’s position not to grant free movement rights to UK citizens in the EU.
- Moreover, real additional concerns have arisen over:
- The increasing and unnecessary complexity of the issue of Citizens’ Rights, which could be solved by a very much simpler approach doing justice to the position of the people this chapter seeks to protect, namely by agreeing that all EU27inUK and UKinEU27 should continue to enjoy all their existing rights.
- The EU’s proposal that children and other family members should only be protected by the Withdrawal Agreement as long as they are dependents: the promise of lifetime protection has vanished into thin air.
- The very narrow approach the EU continues to adopt as to the territorial extent of the rights being discussed, an approach which extends throughout thesubjects under discussion in Round 3. As a result, the agreements on recognition of qualifications and economicrights do not go nearly far enough. This is linked to the issue of free movement and the points we made about this in our response to the second round.
- The lack of clarity on what is being discussed in relation to frontier workers and healthcare.
- In addition, the recent erroneous sending of deportation letters by the Home Office to EU citizens in the UK has further increased anxiety among EU citizens and confirmed the absolute need to protect citizens’ rights exhaustively in the Withdrawal Agreement, under protection of the jurisdiction of the CJEU.
- Finally, due to the overall limited progress in the Brexit negotiations, we remain particularly concerned that the issue of ring-fencing the agreement on citizens’ rights does not appear to have been discussed or to be tabled for future discussion.