MEPs concerned about post-Brexit citizens' rights

In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, MEPs expressed concern about the right of the EU citizens in the UK after Brexit and stated that their consent to the Withdrawal Agreement will take into account “experiences gained and assurances given” about their protection, the EP press service reported. The EP is set to vote on the agreement on 29 January.

Parliament is especially concerned about the application-based approach used in the UK settlement scheme, the absence of physical proof for successful applicants, and its accessibility, among other issues. Furthermore, MEPs question 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.

The adopted text calls for information campaigns to be launched to prepare citizens and urges governments in EU27 Member States to adopt consistent and generous measures to provide legal certainty for UK citizens residing in their territory. 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.

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