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Theresa May Looks Exhausted As She Leaves EU Summit In Brussels

26 June 2017

European Council president Donald Tusk said the United Kingdom plan fell below Brussels' expectations and could worsen the situation of three million EU citizens living in the United Kingdom, while German chancellor Angela Merkel said they did not represent a "breakthrough" in Brexit talks.

European Council President Donald Tusk even invoked the lyrics of John Lennon to imagine a Brexit rescinded.

Some other arbitration body may need to be set up to rule on disputes over the rights of EU citizens, "but it's not going to be the European Court of Justice", Davis said in an interview with the BBC's "Andrew Marr Show" on Sunday.

Those with a shorter period of residency will be able to stay on to reach the five-year threshold and others arriving after a yet-to-be-defined cut-off date will have a "grace period" to regularise their status.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Mrs May's offer a "good start". But the UK's view is that British courts should have the jurisdiction post-Brexit.

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"They get the same residence rights, the same employment rights, the same health rights, the same welfare rights, the same pensions rights and so on, nearly the equivalent to British citizens".

The Government is expected to set out further details of its position on Monday, when MPs will also use a debate on the Queen's Speech to call on ministers to offer "unilateral" assurances on European Union citizen's continued right to remain.

Just what was "fair and serious" offer? But he added that it would be be "for our negotiation team to analyse the offer line by line once we receive it on paper".

Tusk said the proposal was "below our expectations" and needed more detail.

"Citizens from European Union countries who have come to the United Kingdom and who have made their lives and homes in the United Kingdom will be able to stay, and we will guarantee their rights in the United Kingdom", she said.

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A final communique released at the end of the summit said: "The European Council remains committed to the Union's comprehensive approach to migration, effective control of external borders to stem and prevent illegal flows and the reform of the Common European Asylum System, and the full and non-discriminatory implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement in all its aspects and towards all Member States".

But the election result deprived her Conservative Party of its majority in parliament, and such is the collapse of May's authority that her Brexit strategy is being picked apart - and softened - in public by her ministers, lawmakers and allies.

He said: 'I'm sure there will be a deal, whether it's the deal I want, which is a free trade agreement, the customs agreement, and so on, I'm pretty sure, but I'm not certain'.

He said: 'We can not have a circumstance where the other side says that they are going to punish you. 'Everyone in Europe wants a situation where we have a blanket fair treatment of all our citizens, ' says Muscat.

DOWNING STREET is yet to specify what the cut-off date will be for new residents, after which the special United Kingdom settled guarantee would no longer apply.

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On Thursday, the president of the European Parliament said Europe needs to be pragmatic in dealing with Britain following the country's decision to leave the bloc, but urged cooperation in future dealings.