MPI Europe Webinar
Life Beyond Brexit: How Are Negotiations Faring Over Rights for UK Citizens in the European Union?
Alex Barker, Brussels Bureau Chief, Financial Times
Meghan Benton, Senior Policy Analyst; Assistant Director for Research, International Program, MPI
Assya Kavrakova, Director, European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)
Marie Simonsen, Legal and Policy Officer, European Commission Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 - Treaty of the European Union (TEU)
Elizabeth Collett, Director, MPI Europe
Brexit negotiators have made the rights of EU nationals in the United Kingdom and UK nationals in the European Union a priority in the ongoing talks, but progress has been painfully slow. A number of sticking points still need to be resolved, including the looming question of whether the European Court of Justice will continue to adjudicate the rights of EU nationals in the United Kingdom. And there is still a risk that negotiations on other topics—such as the bill the United Kingdom will owe when it leaves the European Union—will derail the overall deal.
As the European Council gears up to move onto the next phase of negotiations (which will look at the future relationship between the European Union and United Kingdom), this Migration Policy Institute Europe webinar marks the release of an MPI Europe report that offers a demographic profile of the approximately 1 million UK citizens living in the European Union and examines the ways in which many are likely to see their futures significantly reshaped after Brexit. The discussion takes stock of citizens' rights, reflects on what may happen next, and considers the prospects for Britons abroad both in a situation of ‘no deal’ and if there is an ultimate agreement. Which groups are likely to be vulnerable to losing legal status or access to benefits and services following Brexit? What are the other main challenges and concerns that the UK population is facing, such as access to health care or the labour market? What are the prospects for a deal, and what are the main points of disagreement?