Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

UK PM says trade deal with European Union this year 'enormously likely'

UK PM says trade deal with European Union this year 'enormously likely'

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's point man on Brexit, said Britain's decision to not issue physical residency permits to EU citizens permitted to stay, relying instead on digital records accessed through the internet, would cause problems for those trying to prove to bosses or landlords they were legally in the UK.

The European Parliament is stepping up warnings over citizens' rights after Brexit, expressing fears in particular that safeguards for EU nationals living in the United Kingdom are being jeopardised by Boris Johnson's government.

As you might expect, they had different views on their approaching departure. "And that's why I wanted to be an MEP in the first place, to make sure the pro-Europeans, who do still exist in Britain, are represented".

Following the meeting with Verhofstadt - which an EU source described as "constructive" - Barclay said: "The EU settlement scheme has been a huge success, and 2.5 million people have already been granted a status guaranteeing their right to live, work, study and access benefits such as healthcare".

To listen to the full interview with Luisa Porritt and Nathan Gill, click on the media player above. The divorce deal is being ratified in the British parliament, and the European Parliament will ratify it at the end of the month.

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Britain will rejoin the European Union because the younger generation will realise the country has made a mistake, senior MEP Guy Verhofstadt claimed today.

The UK is poised to leave the bloc in about two weeks' time. "So what we're going to do now is increase the pressure in the coming days".

"In 12 countries they have a declaratory system, so there's no need to advocate for citizenship of that country. We want to go back".

In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, MEPs take stock of citizens' rights in the context of Brexit and highlight that their consent to the Withdrawal Agreement will take into account "experiences gained and assurances given" about their protection. Changes to the body proposed by Boris Johnson's government prompted the European Union chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, to warn about its potential effectiveness in dealing with citizens' complaints and problems.

Under this scheme, Europeans will have to register in order to continue living in the country.

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