24 May, Thursday

Parliament head wants rights for EU nationals


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The president of the European Parliament says he and British Prime Minister Theresa May agree that the rights of EU nationals living in the U.K. need to be secured as quickly as possible in Brexit negotiations.

Antonio Tajani met May at 10 Downing St. on Thursday to discuss EU lawmakers' goals for the talks, which are due to start after Britain's June 8 election. The European Parliament will have to approve any deal agreed between Britain and the 27-member EU.

Tajani said after the meeting that "we want to strengthen the citizens' rights - European citizens living in the U.K. and U.K. citizens living in the European Union. This is the most important message."

He said the meeting had been "a good beginning. Now we need to go for implementation."

May's office said she and Tajani agreed "on the importance of giving early certainty about the status of British citizens living elsewhere in the EU and citizens of other member states in the U.K."


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