Free Movement of People

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 12th January 2018.

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Photo of Deidre Brock Deidre Brock Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Devolved Government Relations), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fair Work and Employment), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Joint report from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government on progress during phase 1 of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the freedom of movement of UK nationals resident in another EU Member States.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Securing an early agreement to protect the rights of UK nationals in the EU and EU citizens in the UK was the first priority for these negotiations. The agreement that we have reached, set out in our Joint Report, will provide these citizens with certainty about their rights going forward and we have agreed a comprehensive deal that works in the best interests of both EU citizens and UK nationals.

During the first phase of negotiations the UK strove to secure the right of onward movement for UK nationals with status in an EU Member State. However, the European Commission felt that this was an issue that could not be resolved through the first phase of negotiations. This right of onward movement for UK nationals with status in an EU Member State remains an important issue for the UK and the UK is keen to return to it in the next phase of negotiations.

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