European commission’s approach of ‘nothing is agreed till everything is agreed’ puts citizens’ rights at risk, party says

EU citizens in the UK and Britons living in Europe will face a further 18 months of turmoil unless the European commission urgently changes its stance on agreeing an early deal on citizens’ rights, a former Lib Dem cabinet minister has warned.

The party is writing to negotiators at the European commission and the European parliament, as well as Theresa May, to argue that they should allow for ringfencing of citizens’ rights to ensure any deal on EU citizens does not collapse if the UK and EU fail to reach an exit deal by the end of March 2019.

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