'Five-year rule' could banish EU expats from UK
More than half a million EU citizens currently living in UK might not be entitled to permanent residency by the time UK leaves the bloc, according to a think-tank analysis.
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Industry and business bodies and many politicians in Britain have called on the government to guarantee EU citizens already in the UK the right to remain after Brexit but ministers are unwilling to make such an undertaking until the rights of Britons living on the continent are similarly guaranteed. And the government's determination to end the free movement of people could hinder such negotiations.Emran Mian, director of the Social Market Foundation, said: "The government should now provide its own analysis and articulate a plan for starting discussions. Until it does, EU residents living in the UK, the businesses which employ them and the communities in which they live, are subject to uncertainty which will become more worrying as time goes on."A government spokesman in London said: "At present, the UK remains in the EU. This means that European Economic Area, Swiss and UK nationals continue to have the same rights and status that they had before the referendum. The government wants to be able to guarantee the legal status of EU nationals who are living in the UK, and we are confident that we will be able to do this. But we must also win the same rights for British nationals living in European countries."
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