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EU prepared to block Brexit talks unless citizenship measures are “reasonable”

Monday, May 15th 2017 - 07:46 UTC
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The European Parliament could seek to block talks on a UK-EU trade deal unless guarantees are put in place for the rights of citizens, the MEP in charge of the process has indicated. Guy Verhofstadt, the parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator, said MEPs would have to decide whether sufficient progress had been made on issues including EU citizens’ rights in the UK and those of British expatriates on the continent before talks on Britain’s future relationship with Brussels could proceed. Read full article


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  • golfcronie

    All the EU has to do is say that all UK citizens living in the EU can stay and be welcome as Teresa has already stated that the EU citizens in the Uk are entitled to stay. All these politicians have got to be in the forefront of news, bunch of wankers, and lets see the EU audited accounts before paying a penny exit fees.

    May 15th, 2017 - 09:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    Guy Verhofstadt doing a great job for the remain campaign - Remain support falls to 22% :

    There is a trade imbalance in favour of the European Union so it is in the interest of the EU to make amicable arrangements with the United Kingdom. So who's going to lose out? Common sense -v- rhetoric.

    May 15th, 2017 - 10:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Let's flip back to early December last year...

    “THERESA May heaped pressure on Angela Merkel last night after it emerged the German
    Chancellor snubbed her bid to cut a quick deal on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.”

    Jeez...Bloody Foreigners...

    May 15th, 2017 - 10:21 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Think

    Highly recomended article for Non Turnipy Inselaffen...:

    You Engrish are in real deep shiat...
    And getting deeper by the sec...

    May 15th, 2017 - 10:21 am - Link - Report abuse -4
  • Voice

    Interesting article Mr. Think...
    ...but I think we have always understood there are two Germany's, one that wanted to rule Europe for a thousand years and now, one that wants to rule Europe forever...
    Eliminating competition one by or another...

    May 15th, 2017 - 12:27 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Think

    “...but I think we have always understood”

    May 15th, 2017 - 12:55 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Clyde15

    We :- ”We is the first person, plural personal pronoun (nominative case)” Not the Royal we.

    To me it indicates the British people....something that you can't OR wilfuly refuse to understand.

    May 15th, 2017 - 01:00 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Think

    Lowland gorilla just above...

    And when did you find out that Mr. Voice... from Dunoon, Alba... is British...?

    May 15th, 2017 - 01:07 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • The Voice

    Opportunity for Shitstirring arrives, Chief Shitstirrer Tinkle duly arrives. Yaaawn.... Preceded by parrot?

    We can just leave.

    May 15th, 2017 - 01:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • darragh

    EU so-called negotiators still plugging 'project fear' - must be getting desperate

    May 15th, 2017 - 01:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    WE...doesn't necessarily infer a nationality...
    We the people...we the world...we the human race...
    We the folk that read history and have noted that Germany have attempted to rule Europe twice through war and presently politically and economically...
    Or is that only me...
    A UK outside the EU is most certainly competition to Germany they will strive to dominate...

    May 15th, 2017 - 01:48 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Think

    Mr. Voice...

    What you are saying is that ze Germans ain't no much better than them Engrish...
    Geeeeeeeeeee.......................... One could be tempted to Think that they are cousins...;-)

    May 15th, 2017 - 02:02 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Voice

    Ah yes Mr. Think...but them English are “all back of the bus for now” and ze Germans vould very much like to keep it that vay...

    May 15th, 2017 - 02:15 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Think

    What do ya mean when saying that them Engrish are... “all back of the bus for now”...?

    They still 'ave control over Akrotiri & Dhekelia..., Gibraltar..., Pitcairn.. and our very own Islas Malvinas... ;-)

    May 15th, 2017 - 02:36 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Pugol-H

    Need to be quick of the mark Mr Derhofstump, with the EU Parliament, commission, various committees and all 27 remoaning members having Red Lines everywhere and all with “Veto’s”, you’d better hurry or you’ll lose your headline if someone else Veto’s first.

    We need to run a sweepstake on who uses the V word first.

    And how long before we hear it, as it is a when, not an if.

    Last reports, Demonic Davis and Boris the Bold have already crashed through the red lines of the ECJ and the sequencing of the talks.

    Just waiting to see if anybody threatens to “Veto” before we even start if they don’t change their language.

    Hasn’t been another lunch so can’t try another dinnergate to shake them out of their position.

    Watch this space.

    May 15th, 2017 - 06:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Bisley

    If the British government were any good (which they don't seem to be), they would reject all EU demands, and just leave. The EU intends to demand so many concessions as conditions for any agreement that out will still be in, and rob the UK in the process -- and May seems inclined to go along with them.

    May 15th, 2017 - 07:12 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Islander1

    Think-where do you get this conviction from that the UK needs to pay the EU all this? UK will naturally pay all normal annual fees for the next 2 years - and on exit will no doubt honour their share of prior commitments of 3 or 5 or whatever years previously agreed capital investment plans by the whole 28 nations- paying due sums over the next few years as they become due.
    And not a £ more - as no legal requirement to do so!

    May 15th, 2017 - 09:21 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • golfcronie

    Islander1 I agree and why not really piss the EU off and ask for an audit of the EU accounts.Sounds reasonable to me, and find out where all the money is being spent.

    May 15th, 2017 - 09:45 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Clyde15

    I can't remember in which forum you asked me about Dunadd.

    My daughter tells me that the first slab with the cast of the footprint was put down sometime in the 1950's. It was replaced by the current one about 10 /15 years ago. These are just rough dates but the original footprint was saved for posterity about 60 years ago.

    May 15th, 2017 - 10:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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