Each of the UK’s major political parties released their manifestos this week, ahead of the general election on 8 June. No party has outlined a clear-cut strategy for guaranteeing the rights of UK nationals residing in EU countries in their manifesto. However the Brexit deal each party promises to fight for varies significantly, and each version could affect Britons living abroad differently.
Labour’s manifesto does promise to “secure rights for UK citizens who have chosen to make their lives in EU countries,” but does not explain how.
The Conservatives have refused to accept ‘free movement’ of EU citizens into post-Brexit Britain, which potentially makes expatriates’ futures in EU countries less certain, as many political commentators expect the EU to retaliate. However, in her letter to Donald Tusk, Theresa May did say “there are many UK citizens living elsewhere in the European Union, and we should aim to strike an early agreement about their rights.”
In stark contrast, Tim Farron has stated that the LibDems are focusing on the possibility of not leaving the EU at all, which if realised, would of course remove any uncertainty surrounding the futures of Britons living abroad.