MEPs to assess progress on post-Brexit citizens’ rights
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The European Parliament has said that progress in the talks on the post-Brexit rights of EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU, will be assessed in a public hearing tomorrow, which will take place at the European Parliament.
It said that protecting citizens’ rights has been one of the Parliament’s priorities since the beginning of the talks with the UK government.
The joint hearing, which has been organised by the Civil Liberties, Employment and Petitions committees, will take stock of the situation following the announcement by EU leaders last December that “sufficient progress” has already been achieved in all areas to begin the second phase of negotiations.
The discussion will be opened by Guy Verhofstadt, Parliament´s chief Brexit negotiator. Also present be representatives of the citizens’ organisations “The 3 million,” “British in Europe” and “New Europeans,” as well as academics and other experts.
The European Parliament said that it “demands that the withdrawal agreement incorporate the full set of rights that citizens currently enjoy and that it ensure reciprocity, equity, symmetry and non-discrimination for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU.”
The meeting can be followed from 2.00pm to 5.30pm live online here.