Rights of EU citizens in United Kingdom are top priority — EU Brexit boss

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Mag 8, 2017

She said the hardening of the European Commission's stance was "deliberately timed to affect the result" of the snap June 8 general election.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker took a swipe at Britain by stating that "English is losing importance in Europe" amid an ongoing Brexit row. "But I've made my choice", he said to rapturous applause. Following the meeting Juncker reportedly said: "I leave Downing Street 10 times more skeptical than I was before".

Rob Ford, professor of political science at Manchester University, said that while her public spat with Juncker will have helped, the Conservative victory was the result of a long-term hard Brexit strategy that May has been pursuing for almost a year.

The European Commission president opted to deliver a speech in Florence in French. "That's what I've learned hiking in the mountains".

But her decision to pitch her country into a battle with the European Union, urging voters to "give me your backing to fight for Britain" appeared to have paid off as council results came in on Friday morning.

Last month, the U.S. president told the Financial Times newspaper he thought the European Union was "getting their act together"-though he maintained Brexit would be "really, really good" for the EU and for Britain".

Michel Barnier said Wednesday that the government formed after Britain's June 8 polls "will have a longevity and stability for five years that the current government does not have". Were we disgraceful to vote out, by the way I voted remain, what were we saying with that?

BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union chief Donald Tusk appealed Thursday for calm as tensions soar between Brussels and London over negotiations on Britain's departure from the bloc.

Discussing the furore, Mr Fallon said: "It would certainly be easier if Commission officials kept their views to themselves and not further complicate what is already going to be a tough negotiation".

Uncertainty among Businesses as to what the country's future trading relations with Europe will be like. The UK has two years to settle the terms of its exit from the EU.

Unveiling details of his negotiating scope for the talks, Barnier insisted that the bill "is not a punishment".

Michel Barnier, speaking at a conference in Florence, Italy, on Friday, said that residency protection rights for EU citizens living and working in the United Kingdom must be enforceable by the European Court of Justice, extend to relatives who may not be EU citizens and apply to people who may not have the paperwork to prove they have been residents. "It's a question of responsibility".

She says she wants to strengthen her mandate as she heads into the Brexit negotiations. The draft is being made public Wednesday.

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