In a yet another blow to British Prime Minister Mrs.May, The European Parliament has threatened to veto Theresa May’s offer on EU citizens’ rights, branding it a “damp squib” which risks creating a “second class of citizenship.”
The proposals put forward by May were described as a “damp squib” in a letter written by the EU Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt and leaders of the parliament’s four main parties and published Monday.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has come under fire once again after the European Parliament warned it could veto her proposals on EU nationals living in the UK, claiming they risk creating a “second class of citizenship.”
The European Parliament will have a vote on the final deal, which will include the rights of EU citizens in the UK and vice versa.
However, it has no involvement in the negotiating stage of the UK’s withdrawal, which is led by the European Commission and Michel Barnier, the European Chief Negotiator for Brexit.
It is said that, many EU citizens had reacted negatively to the UK offer, particularly the lack of detail on registration procedures which the UK says will be “light touch”.
The Office for National Statistics says 3.2 million EU nationals were living in the UK in 2015, the most recent year for which there are data.