MEPs worried about lack of progress in Brexit negotiations
At a debate with the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (EP), the EP's chief Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt expressed his concern about insufficient progress during the third round of Brexit negotiations which had taken place last week. Mr. Verhofstadt was particularly concerned over the negotiations regarding UK’s financial commitments, even though he also acknowledged some positive developments in other fields, e.g. safeguarding citizens’ rights - an issue also highly relevant for the scientific community.
However, the Brexit Coordinator stressed that the British government’s offer to provide EU citizens in the country with a “settled status” is not acceptable, since it would cause a tremendous administrative burden for a lot of people. This proposal means, among other things, that all EU nationals lawfully resident in the UK for at least five years will be able to individually apply to stay.
The EP's Brexit Steering Group is now expected to publish a comparative document containing the EU versus the UK position on citizens’ rights. Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (EP President and political groups’ leaders) is expected to consider drafting a new resolution to assess the state of play of ongoing talks between EU and UK government officials. This resolution could then be voted by EP Plenary in October in Strasbourg.
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