Tusk: UK's Offer on Rights of EU Citizens in Country Below Bloc's Expectation

© REUTERS / Neil HallBritain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) greets European Council President Donald Tusk in Downing Street in London, Britain September 8, 2016.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) greets European Council President Donald Tusk in Downing Street in London, Britain September 8, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The offer the United Kingdom made to the European Union regarding the rights of EU citizens in the country after Brexit is "below" the bloc’s expectations and may worsen their situation, European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Thursday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May promised to give EU expats living in Britain a settled status after the nation leaves the bloc in two years.

"My first impression is the UK offer is below our expectations and this risks worsening the situation of our citizens in the UK," Tusk told a news conference after a Brussels summit.

An organiser adjusts the British national flag on April 29, 2017, prior to the EU leaders summit at the Europa building, the main headquarters of European Council and the Council of the EU, in Brussels - Sputnik International
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