MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the proposals, the United Kingdom will create new rights for "qualifying EU citizens resident here before our exit … The administrative procedures which they will need to comply with in order to obtain these new rights will be modernised and kept as smooth and simple as possible."
"Under these plans, no EU citizen currently in the UK lawfully will be asked to leave at the point the UK leaves the EU. We want you to stay," May said speaking at the House of Commons on her proposals.
All qualifying EU citizens will be given adequate time to apply for their residence status after Brexit. In order to qualify, the EU national "must have been resident in the UK before a specified date and must have completed a period of five years’ continuous residence in the UK." Those who arrived before the specified date but have not accrued five years’ continuous residence will be able to apply for temporary status until they have accumulated five years.
"Those EU citizens who arrived after the specified date will be allowed to remain in the UK for at least a temporary period and may become eligible to settle permanently, depending on their circumstances," the statement reads.
The "specified date" will be no earlier than March 29, 2017 and no later than the date of Brexit.
The fate of both EU citizens living in the United Kingdom and UK nationals leaving in EU member states is one of the major talking points in the Brexit talks between London and Brussels, which started on June 19. The Brexit process, which was initiated on March 29, is to be completed within two years under Article 50 of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty.