Published: 13 December 2016 Tuesday, 05:18 AM
Bonn, Dec 12 (deutschenews24.de/euronews) -- The British government should move unilaterally to guarantee the post-Brexit rights of European Union nationals living in the United Kingdom, according to a report published on Monday by a group including politicians, employers, trade unions and academics.
The report was published by the think tank British Future, which describes itself as an “independent, non-partisan” group seeking to address people’s fears about matters including integration and migration.
There are an estimated 2.8 million EU nationals living in the UK, as well as 1.2 million Britons living elsewhere in the European Union.
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The report for British Future recommends that 1.8 million people from countries in the area known as EEA+ who have been resident in the UK for five years be offered permanent residence. The term EEA+ covers the European Economic Area – the 28 EU countries plus Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway – as well as Switzerland. Those who have not acquired five years residence should be allowed a five-year transition period to be allowed to apply to remain indefinitely, the report says. It recommends as a cut-off date, the day the government invokes a legal mechanism to set the Brexit process in motion, widely expected to be Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
There are also recommendations that EU nationals’ rights be maintained in matters such as family migration, pensions, health care, social housing and education. (Source: Euronews)