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Guidelines aim to explain lengthy EU and UK Brexit negotiations

  • British in Europe has published guidelines explaining how the December agreement affects Britons living in other EU countries

The organisation British in Europe has published guidelines explaining how the agreement reached by the UK government and the EU negotiators, following the first round of Brexit negotiations, which concluded in December 2017, affects Britons living in other EU countries.

“Where does the December agreement leave me?” (www.britishineurope.org) picks out the most relevant areas of the paper and explains what was agreed in clearer terms than the terminology used in the original document.

The first round of negotiations prioritised citizens' rights, in particular over continued access to healthcare and pensions, which have been guaranteed, in principle. What the summary does not allude to is the fact that the issues agreed on so far are only agreements in principle and that the UK/EU document states that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”.

There was no clear conclusion at the end of the first round of negotiations as to continued freedom of movement and as such British citizens' rights to move to another EU country post-Brexit.