Brexit weekly briefing: EU citizens' rights become key battleground

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The big picture

The rights of EU citizens in the UK are shaping up to become one of the key battlegrounds at home and abroad.

In Westminster, the government will have to make concessions as its article 50 bill passes through the House of Lords, although Theresa May is confident her timetable to begin talks in April will not be derailed.

No votes are planned in the Lords until the bill reaches its report stage next week, but and Liberal Democrat peers say a vote on an amendment to secure EU nationals’ rights in the UK could come as early as Wednesday, and is winnable.

Opposition peers also believe the government could lose on a second amendment demanding parliament gets a meaningful vote on the final outcome, with a dozen Conservatives, including .

The government insists the Brexit bill must and will go through the Lords without peers changing it.


The issue is likely to be a big bone of contention in Brexit negotiations, with those who arrived in the UK before the agreed date allowed to stay, and those who come after facing a stricter immigration regime.

The government is thought to want an early cut-off date to prevent a last-minute influx of EU nationals before the UK leaves. The commission and member states believe it should be the actual exit date – since until then the UK is still a member, and must respect EU rights and obligations.

Meanwhile, analysis of government migration data suggests .

The view from Europe

British dosh is also a potential Brexit dealbreaker. The commission president, and would not be able to walk away without paying for commitments it made while a member:

Our British friends need to know, and they know it already, that it will not be cut-price or zero cost. The bill will be … very steep. It will be necessary for the British to respect commitments that they freely entered into.

The in insisting the UK must come to an arrangement on this divorce settlement – expected to come to about €60bn (£50bn) – before any substantive negotiations on a future relationship.

Meanwhile, senior politicians from and doubted the feasibility of Britain’s aim of negotiating a free trade agreement within the two-year article 50 talks.

And as the colourful language of Britain’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, continued to ruffle feathers on the continent, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, a Swedish MEP over his description of Brexit as a “liberation”:

In the history of the word ‘liberation’ has a strong meaning … We are neither occupying you, nor a prison.

Meanwhile, back in Westminster

This week the Westminster focus shifted north from London, as Brexit sages pored over the results of last week’s two byelections in Stoke-on-Trent Central and Copeland in Cumbria. Both votes carried mixed messages about the various parties’ fortunes in the post-referendum era.

The headlines focused on Labour’s of Copeland, a seat it had held since 1924. But this was arguably as much down to more general worries about the party under Jeremy Corbyn, and the Labour leader’s attitude to nuclear power, a big employer in a constituency which includes the Sellafield plant.

Stoke had been billed as more of a Brexit-focused battle, with the Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, parachuting himself in as candidate with the hope of removing Labour in an area that voted strongly for leave.

But even facing a pro-remain Labour candidate, – albeit with a slightly increased vote share. However, again this seemed less to do with Brexit than Labour’s superior local operation, and Nuttall’s various mishaps .

Similarly, while on Friday to hail the victory as showing her party could “deliver for everyone”, any unifying ability she currently has over Brexit seems mainly to do with Labour’s current chaos.

You should also know:

  • John Major became the second former prime minister in as many weeks to deliver a and urging it to give voters an honest warning about the risks.
  • There will be , the home secretary, Amber Rudd, said.
  • with lorries queueing for up to 30 miles in Kent, transport industry leaders said.
  • The potential across Europe”, City sources suggested.
  • Farmers warned without access to EU workers after Brexit.
  • by European colleagues because of Brexit, MPs were told.
  • as the falling pound pushes up inflation, according to the latest Guardian monthly analysis.
  • The EU will play “hardball” and, told the Commons Brexit committee.
  • Thousands of , the British Medical Association warned.
  • , according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
  • Ireland wants a if it unites with the Republic, Irish taoiseach Enda Kenny said.
  • , leading oncologists said.
  • A Brexit-driven , the chief executive of one leading firm said.
  • have risen by 40% in three years, prompting fears of a post-Brexit staffing crisis.

Read these:

In the for the upcoming Brexit negotiations despite the “hairline cracks” apparent in the EU 27’s apparent unity:

Roiled by one crisis after another, Europe’s governments are determined not to allow Brexit to tear them apart. If they are struggling to manufacture a common vision for the future they will resist common threats ... Under siege from enemies within and without, Europe’s politicians will hardly feel generous if they detect British perfidy across the negotiating table. That is why they will be hypersensitive to any ­attempt to play divide and rule. It may have worked for half a millennium, but it would be dangerous politics today.

In the union because “Brexit is an idea whose only effective rebuttal is its own implementation”:

There is more chance of Britain leaving and then rejoining in stages than there is of Britain never leaving in the first place ... It is a matter of steering the evolution of British laws and institutions towards the EU norm, until the gap between membership and non-membership withers. This is not just possible, it is probable. The best argument against exit was never the steep downside so much as the measly upside. Sovereignty is a dream: the gravitational pull of a unified Europe on our medium-sized nation is too strong.

Tweet of the week:

At the Düsseldorf carnival, a German view of Brexit:

Bojan Pancevski (@bopanc)

German carnival