Brexit Negotiations: May on EU citizens’ rights – BBC News

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Theresa May outlines the deal being published for EU citizens currently in the UK.

She says that no EU citizen currently lawfully in the UK will be asked to leave – “we want you to stay”.

EU citizens with five years continual residence will be granted settled status – giving them equal rights as a UK citizen to health, education benefits and pensions.

EU citizens with less than five years continual residence will be allowed to stay until they have five years residence.

The cut-off date for these arrangements is yet to be set out but Mrs May says it will be “no earlier than the day we triggered Article 50 and no later than when we leave the EU”.

She also promises that no families will be split up – those with settled status will be able to bring family members from overseas just as UK citizens are able to.

There will also be a grace period to for EU citizens to regularise their status and she says the process will be as “streamlined and light touch” as possible.

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