EU migrants decry May’s ‘pathetic’ Brexit offer

- Agence France-Presse, LONDON

Jun 25, 2017-

EU migrants to Britain have said that far from being “generous”, Prime Minister Theresa May’s offer for their post-Brexit future was stingy and would leave them prey to Britain’s unforgiving bureaucrats.

Some migrants worried that the proposals meant their rights would no longer be protected by the European Court of Justice after an EU membership referendum last year in which they had no say. “There’s nothing special in her offer,” Spanish nurse Joan Pons, one of 60,000 Europeans working for the National Health Service (NHS) in England alone, said on Friday. The offer outlined by the beleaguered May at an EU summit was also criticised by London Mayor Sadiq Khan as woefully insufficient for the three million EU nationals living in Britain.

Over dinner on Thursday with her 27 EU counterparts, May promised EU citizens living in Britain that they could stay after Brexit, with permanent rights to healthcare, education, welfare and pensions equivalent to British nationals. It was “a fair and serious offer” that brought certainty to those affected, May said on Friday, although European officials were distinctly underwhelmed in their responses.

Published: 25-06-2017 10:33

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