British PM: EU citizens arriving during post-Brexit transition should have fewer rights
PR dla Zagranicy
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said European Union citizens who come to her country during a post-Brexit transition period should not have the same rights to remain as those who arrive earlier, according to reports.
British PM Theresa May in Beijing, China, on Thursday. Photo: EPA/WU HONG
Britain’s The Guardian daily said that May’s comments set her on course for a clash with officials in Brussels, who have proposed a “status quo” transition period until December 2020, including free movement and citizens’ rights for those who settle in Britain during that timeframe.
“There’s a difference between those people who came prior to us leaving and those who will come when they know the UK is no longer a member of the EU,” the Reuters news agency quoted May as saying as she headed out on a trip to China.
Cutting down on immigration from poorer EU countries like Poland was a key reason prompting Britons to vote to leave the bloc in a 2016 referendum. Around a million Poles live in Britain.
Brexit negotiations started last March. Britain's divorce from the EU is expected to be finalised by the end of March 2019.