The Prime Minister Theresa May has today unveiled plans to offer a new “UK settled status” to EU nationals who have been living in the UK for five years. The new status would offer some three million EU citizens who are living in the UK, the right to remain after Brexit and to have access to health, education and other benefits. Mrs May has made it clear that the proposal is dependent on EU states guaranteeing British migrants the same rights. Speaking at her first EU summit since the general election, Mrs May told EU leaders that “the UK’s position represents a fair and serious offer, one aimed at giving as much certainty as possible to citizens who have settled in the UK, building careers and lives and contributing so much to our society.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has described Mrs May’s proposal as a “good start”, but cautioned that there has been “no breakthrough”. European Council President Donald Tusk said the EU would “analyse line by line” Mrs May’s proposals when they are published in full on Monday, but that his “first impression is that the UK’s offer is below our expectations and that it risks worsening the situation of citizens”.