Leslie – EU and UK must both compromise to achieve deal on citizens’ rights

The role of the European Court of Justice remains a “fundamental divergence” standing in the way of an agreement on citizens’ rights post-Brexit, Michel Barnier said today in a joint press conference with David Davis to mark the end of the second round of negotiations. 

Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“While some progress is encouraging, it is still far too slow. The rights of EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU is something that, frankly, should have been sorted before now. 

“These are people, not bargaining chips. Both the UK Government and the European Commission need to meet each other half way.

“If the sticking point is the role of the European Court of Justice, compromise will be needed on both sides. The UK Government must accept that there must be some oversight to guarantee the rights of citizens, but similarly, the EU cannot just repeatedly demand that this is performed solely by the ECJ.

“Millions of people in Britain and Europe alike are living day to day with terrible uncertainty about their rights and status. That must be put to an end by a rapid deal that ensures nobody loses their rights because of Brexit.”