Jan 082020

Today’s Guardian has this piece https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jan/07/eu-parks-post-brexit-demands-avoid-early-clash-boris-johnson-ursula-von-der-leyen

To save you clicking:

The European parliament will express its “grave concern” about the attitude of Boris Johnson’s government to the 3.3 million EU citizens living in the UK following threats of deportation made by a British minister.

In a leaked resolution drafted by the main political groups and due to be backed by MEPs next Wednesday, Johnson’s administration is accused of creating “anxiety” in recent months.

Dear Ursula von der Leyen: Britain will shortly be leaving the EU and you appear to be unsettled that EU citizens will no longer enjoy freedom of abode in the UK. One of the primary purposes of Brexit was to allow the UK to decide who may and may not settle in the UK, without external interference. You apparently haven’t grasped that we will be able, if we so choose, to treat Belgians and Spaniards no differently to those from Botswana and Taiwan. We are of course more than willing to negotiate preferential terms for Europeans, but negotiation carries no obligations; both you and we can walk away from an unsatisfactory agreement.

To be perfectly clear: We owe you nothing and you owe us nothing. Both our mutual privileges are gone. The sooner you understand this, the better.

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