From the very beginning, the Prime Minister has made citizens’ rights our priority for negotiations. The draft Withdrawal Agreement will provide nearly one million UK nationals in the EU with the certainty they need about their rights going forward.
Under the Withdrawal Agreement, all UK nationals lawfully residing in a Member State at the end of the implementation period will be able to stay, this includes British children being cared for by relatives. It also allows close family members to join after the end of the implementation period on the basis of current EU rules, where the relationship existed before the end of the implementation period.
Our policy paper, published on 6 December, confirms that EU citizens resident in the UK by exit day will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to secure their status in a no deal scenario. We are urging all Member States to reciprocate our offer in full and to communicate their detailed plans to UK nationals as soon as possible.