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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 29 n° 299

Citizens’ rights must come first in Brexit talks, says Civil Liberties Chair

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 maggio 2017

Bruxelles“The European Parliament will fulfil its role in ensuring knowledge and transparency on the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU”, Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes says ahead of today’s hearing on the “The situation and rights of EU citizens in the UK”. The public hearing will analyse the situation of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom and British citizens residing in the EU-27. These citizens – about four million in total – are a key factor in the Brexit negotiations, the outcome of which will have a direct impact on their daily lives.Civil Liberties Committee Chair, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) says: “There is compelling and building evidence since the Brexit vote, that many EU citizens in the UK are experiencing great uncertainty about their position. We can detect this from some 28% of EU citizens who have applied for UK citizenship since the referendum, who have had their applications rejected or declared invalid. But this is only one example in a complex patchwork which we today want to unpick.“It is crucial to create clarity for the many families and individuals who unwillingly have found themselves in a very precarious and highly insecure situation for almost a year now.Today’s hearing serves as a clear indication that the European Parliament stands ready to fulfil its role in the negotiations by working hard with our constituents, our home governments and the EU institutions to ensure the voices of concerned citizens are being heard. Human beings come first, we are not commodities and what happens on citizens’ rights sets the tone for the entire negotiation and relationship for a generation to come so we must get it right”.
Everyone is aware that the European Parliament will play a key role in the negotiations. The hearing is an important opportunity for the Parliament to gather our own evidence on this important issue. It will help inform the work that we do here, the work of the Parliament Brexit negotiation team and hopefully bring our work in this area to a wider audience”, ends Mr Moraes.

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