EU toughens stance on citizens’ rights – new Brexit draft guidelines

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EU nations have warned the UK against putting up unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles that could make it harder for their citizens to remain in Britain after Brexit.

In a revised set of Brexit negotiating guidelines, seen by the FT the EU-27 (read here) say a condition of any exit deal should be that citizens can “exercise their rights through smooth and simple administrative procedures.”

European diplomats said the new wording was partly a response to the red tape associated with applications for permanent residency in the UK, which includes an 85-page form.

Other alterations include clearer language around the UK’s exit bill, which the new document makes clear must address “issues related to” Britain’s participation in the European Investment Bank, European Development Fund and the European Central Bank.

The updated draft was drawn up after a meeting of high level national officials last week.

You can read the draft guidelines here.

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