UK seeks to reassure EU citizens they can stay after Brexit

The Prime Minister said she wanted to offer "certainty" to expats and ensure that families are not split up by Brexit.

She said that Brexit talks that started this week involve many, many other issues.

Those with a shorter period of residency will be able to stay on to reach the five-year threshold and those arriving after a yet-to-be-defined cut-off date will have a "grace period" to regularise their status. Now, Twitter is marking the first anniversary in a very British way.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan labeled the government's stance "unacceptable". The issue of citizens' rights is especially sensitive in the Brexit talks.

Jean-Claude Juncker's comment came shortly after the Prime Minister accepted that her proposals, which envisage a new "settled status" for European Union nationals, will be contested by Brussels, with battle lines likely to be drawn over jurisdiction and the cut-off date for eligibility.

The new status will enable them to remain in the country and enjoy the same rights as British citizens in terms of access to healthcare, education, welfare and pensions.

They also dispute her attempt to limit those rights potentially to people already living in Britain before she triggered Brexit three months ago.

The cut-off date for entitlement to apply is yet to be set, but will come between the day when Britain formally notified Brussels of its intention to quit on March 29 2017 and the day when it finally leaves, expected to be March 29 2019.

May is due to publish a report on Monday detailing her plans, but she did explain some elements of it to European Union leaders late Thursday.

It may also address whether there will be any further conditions apart from the length of residency.

BERLIN (AP) - The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel will host a meeting next week of European participants in the Group of 20 summit to prepare for the meeting of global powers in July.

Merkel welcomed May's promises but insisted that "there are, of course, many, many other issues".

"There are thousands of questions to ask", said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte after May laid out her proposals to the leaders during a dinner.

"We don't want to buy a pig in a poke", said Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, calling May's opening "an extremely vague proposal for something which is incredibly complicated".

French President Emmanuel Macron said "the crisis that we are living is not a passing crisis".

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern was guarded in his assessment of May's proposal.

May outlined the plan many in her party who campaigned for Brexit hope will reduce the flow of migrants to Britain, then she left. Brussels has routinely insisted that EU citizens in the United Kingdom must be able to go to the European Court of Justice when they have a complaint regarding their rights, but May insists it should be the UK's own courts that have the final decision in such matters.

The opinion of the European parliament is important since the legislature will have to approve any Brexit deal.

That is a demand which May is unwilling to accept.

"No one will face a cliff edge", she said, softening her stance after her disastrous election gamble.

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