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No Deal Brexit preparedness – why the Commission’s proposal does not work

The European Commission, which has refused for over a year to discuss what happens to citizens’ rights if there is no EU/UK Withdrawal Agreement, has finally come up with a suggested solution.  As a great poet of the original European Union[1] said 2000 years ago, “The mountains give birth and a ridiculous little mouse is born.”

The ridiculous little mouse with which the Commission would like to replace all the EU rights of UK citizens living in the EU27 in the No-Deal scenario is “third country national” (TCN) status.  In its Contingency Action Plan Communication (the “Communication”) issued on 13 November[2], the Commission proposed that, in order to prepare for a No-Deal Brexit, the EU27 countries should start accepting early applications by UK citizens for TCN status.

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