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Brexit: Parliament to issue warning over citizens’ rights 

In a resolution to be put to the vote on Wednesday, MEPs will express their concern over how the UK and EU27 governments will manage citizens’ rights after Brexit.

The European Parliament will discuss and vote on a resolution addressing a multitude of issues that citizens (both EU citizens residing in the UK and UK citizens residing in the rest of the EU) might face in the event of the UK’s departure from the EU.

The draft resolution highlights that the Withdrawal Agreement contains fair and balanced provisions to protect citizens’ rights during and after the transition period. A thorough implementation of the provisions of the Agreement is of the essence, MEPs underline, in order to protect affected persons, their families and their social security rights in the long-term.

Particular reference is made to issues arising from the UK government’s EU Settlement Scheme, as well as a call to EU27 governments to be consistent and generous in their approach towards UK citizens residing in the EU.

Background

To enter into force, the Withdrawal Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom needs to be approved by the European Parliament by a simple majority of votes cast (Article 50 (2) of the Treaty on European Union). Parliament will vote on the Withdrawal Agreement after the ratification process in the UK has been completed.

Procedure: non-legislative resolution

Debate: Tuesday, 14 January

Vote: Wednesday, 15 January