MEPs call for more information on EU citizen rights in post-Brexit UK

FILE PHOTO: Anti-Brexit demonstrators waving EU and Union flags are reflected in a puddle in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

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In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, MEPs called for information campaigns to be launched to prepare citizens about their rights in Brexit and urged governments in the  EU27 member states to adopt consistent and generous measures to provide legal certainty for UK citizens residing in their territory. 

The EiropeanParliament expressed concerns especially about the application-based approach used in the UK EU Settlement Scheme, the absence of physical proof for successful applicants, and its accessibility, among other issues.

MEPs questioned the set-up and independence of the UK’s “independent authority” foreseen in the Withdrawal Agreement, stating that they would welcome the establishment of a joint European Parliament – UK Parliament scrutiny mechanism.

MEPs took stock of citizens’ rights in the context of Brexit and highlight that their consent to the Withdrawal Agreement will take into account “experiences gained and assurances given” about their protection. 

The resolution was adopted with 610 votes in favour, 29 against and 68 abstentions following a debate on Tuesday that focussed largely on the future of freedom of movement and limiting the impact of Brexit on citizens’ lives.