EU firm on citizens' rights after Brexit: Michel Barnier

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned London today on the eve of its Brexit launch that the bloc would be "firm" on the rights of European citizens living in Britain.

Published: 29th March 2017 03:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th March 2017 03:08 AM   |  A+A-

Michel Barnier, Chief Negotiator for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the UK under Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union, in Brussels on December 6. (Photo | AP)

By AFP

BRUSSELS: EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned London today on the eve of its Brexit launch that the bloc would be "firm" on the rights of European citizens living in Britain.

"#Brexit made EU citizens worry about their future in EU27 and UK. EU will be firm on their rights @The3Million #citizensfirst," former French minister Barnier tweeted in English.

Brussels insists that Britain's divorce, including issues such as the rights of more than three million EU nationals in the UK, must be dealt with before any future trade relationship.

Last week Barnier, who was previously a European commissioner, said the amount that the EU says Britain must pay before it leaves, and the future of the border in Northern Ireland, must also be settled.

The European Union meanwhile tweeted a picture of Barnier's negotiating team around a table, with him sitting at the front.

While Barnier was warning Britain, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker stayed silent on the issue during their public appearances today.

Tusk is due to receive a letter from British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday formally notifying the EU of its intention to leave, and launching the two-year negotiation process.

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