Britain may not apply the resettlement rules for the EU citizens who are due to arrive in the transitional period after the expiration of the British EU membership (Brexit) – said the European Parliament’s (EP) rapporteur on Brexit on Sunday.
Guy Verhofstadt, on Sunday’s political magazine magazine on BBC television, said the transition period would be “simply a continuation of the current situation” if it succeeds in agreeing to it.
According to Verhofstadt, it would be unacceptable for the European Union to have an unchanged regime for financial services, trade in goods and all other elements of relations during the transitional period, “only foreign nationals would be worse off.”
This would be punished by EU citizens and “we do not want to talk about it yet,” the former Belgian prime minister said on the BBC.
The British government wants to reach an agreement on the transitional period after Brex with the EU because, in its view, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the EU Member States will not be in the in order to seamlessly introduce many elements of the conditions of the new relations.
During the transitional period, London intends Britain and the European Union to access each other’s markets under the current rules. However, in the case of EU citizens who arrive in Great Britain during the transitional period, the authorization of establishment would no longer be as automatic as it is now; for example, those who were coming would have a registration obligation.
According to British Prime Minister Theresa May, it is appropriate to distinguish this, as those who are already living in Britain are legitimate expectation of the continuation of their current livelihoods who, in turn, will come to Britain’s EU membership, will be aware that Britain will no longer is a member of the European Union.
Guy Verhofstadt, however, stated on Sunday’s BBC that the British government “can not say so seriously” that in the transitional period “all regulations remain the same, only EU citizens will have a new situation”. According to the European Parliament’s Brexit Coordinator, “this is not fair and seriously unacceptable”.
The leader of the EP’s Liberal Alliance (ALDE) on bilateral relations after the end of British membership of the EU declared that the European Union wants to maintain a broader relationship with Britain than the free trade agreement advocated by London.
According to Verhofstadt, the European Parliament would like, for example, an Association Agreement, which he believed would form part of the Free Trade Agreement.
According to Guy Verhofstadt, the EP would also like Britain to remain a member of the European Union’s single market, the EU customs union and the European Economic Area.
But the British government’s brexit strategy is one of the cornerstones of Britain’s withdrawal of not only the European Union, but also the EU’s single market and customs union. London argues that further British membership would mean fulfilling conditions in these two integration organizations – in particular in immigration regulation and trade relations with non-EU countries – as if the UK’s EU membership did not cease to exist.
The UK Government, however, seeks a comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU on financial services.
However, Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Brexit chief negotiator, has repeatedly stated that if Britain departs from the EU’s single internal market, it will not be possible for the London City Financial Services sector to have specific access to this internal EU market.
At his London visit in late January, French President Emmanuel Macron also warned the British government that Britain would “not be silent about the benefits of cooperation with the EU, and if it wants access to the Union’s internal market even after Brexit, it will also fulfill its conditionality need.