Brexit: May unveils 'fair and serious' offer on EU citizens

Brexit: May unveils 'fair and serious' offer on EU citizens

About three million EU citizens living in the UK would be allowed to stay after Brexit, Theresa May has proposed. A new “UK settled status” would grant EU migrants who had lived in the UK for five years rights to stay and access health, education and other benefits. Proposals were unveiled at a Brussels summit but are dependent on EU states guaranteeing Britons the same rights. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the plan a “good…

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Brexit talks 'to focus on withdrawal first'

Brexit talks 'to focus on withdrawal first'

Formal Brexit negotiations will first focus on issues to do with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, as part of a sequenced approach to talks, the European Commission has said. The BBC has been told by EU sources that the talks will follow the EU’s preferred pattern of exit negotiations first, with the future relations between the two sides at a later date. The UK’s Department for Exiting the EU said it still held the…

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EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote

EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote

There has been a sharp drop in nurses registering to work in the UK since the EU referendum, figures suggest. Last July, 1,304 nurses from the EU joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council register, compared to 46 in April this year, a fall of 96%. The Health Foundation said the findings could not be more stark and said they should act as a “wake-up call”. But the NMC said the introduction of English language testing…

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Brexit expat retirees 'may cost NHS millions'

Brexit expat retirees 'may cost NHS millions'

Tens of thousands of expat pensioners may return to the UK to use the NHS after Brexit – unless a deal can be done to let them keep receiving care abroad, a think tank has warned. The Nuffield Trust estimates the cost of treating them – on home soil, rather than abroad – could double to £1bn. Currently, the UK gives around £500m a year to EU countries that care for Brits who have retired…

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Merkel: Europe 'can no longer rely on allies' after Trump and Brexit

Merkel: Europe 'can no longer rely on allies' after Trump and Brexit

Media playback is unsupported on your device Europe can no longer “completely depend” on the US and UK following the election of President Trump and Brexit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says. Mrs Merkel said she wanted friendly relations with both countries as well as Russia but Europe now had to “fight for its own destiny”. It follows the G7’s failure to commit to the 2015 Paris climate deal, talks Mrs Merkel said were “very difficult”….

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Brexit: Lib Dem manifesto pledges new EU referendum

Brexit: Lib Dem manifesto pledges new EU referendum

The Liberal Democrats have put a second EU referendum at the heart of their general election manifesto, saying it would “give the final say to the British people”. The vote on the final Brexit deal would include an option to remain in the EU. The Lib Dems also say they could generate £1bn from legalising and taxing cannabis. And they are offering pledges to young people including bus passes and help to get on the…

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Brexit: UK will 'not pay €100bn divorce bill' says Davis

Brexit: UK will 'not pay €100bn divorce bill' says Davis

The UK will not pay a €100bn (£85bn) “divorce bill” to leave the EU, Brexit Secretary David Davis has insisted. He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain the UK would pay what was legally due, “not just what the EU wants”. It comes amid claims by the Financial Times that the financial settlement sought by the EU has risen from €60bn. Mr Davis said the UK treated its EU “rights and obligations” seriously but it had…

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Brexit: Theresa May says she'll be 'bloody difficult' to Juncker

Brexit: Theresa May says she'll be 'bloody difficult' to Juncker

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May says she will be a “bloody difficult woman” towards European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker during Brexit talks. The PM revived a line used during her Tory leadership campaign to respond to claims the two clashed over dinner. She also declined to commit to settling the issue of expats’ rights by June. EU sources claim UK misunderstanding of the talks process, and ignorance about how Brussels works,…

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