Letter to both negotiating teams challenges assertion deal ‘within toughing distance’ as it warns major issues need to be addressed

The British government’s claim that a deal on citizens’ rights is “within touching distance” is false and its offer this week of a streamlined application system for EU nationals seeking to stay in the UK is inadequate, the European parliament has warned.

In a sign of the need for progress in the negotiations on all the opening withdrawal issues, not merely the so-called divorce bill, the parliament has written to both negotiating teams to warn of the major issues which still needed to be addressed to protect 3.2m EU27 citizens living in the UK and 900,000 British citizens in other member states.

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