According to a report, prepared by Migration Watch UK, the number of EU nationals arriving during the two-year post-Brexit transition period could amount to one million.
Even though not all of the EU nationals coming to Britain would seek permanent residency, the report says that “a larger proportion of them might well stay on if the prize was a right to permanent settlement in the UK,” the Sun wrote.
London sees Brussel’s demand as a challenge to its initiative to end permanent settlement rights for EU migrants on March 29, 2019, the day the United Kingdom formally terminates its membership.
“This EU demand is absolutely absurd. We will have left the EU. That must mean that EU citizens who arrive after our departure should no longer enjoy treaty rights that derive from our membership,” Migration Watch UK head Lord Green said.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has proposed delaying a full Brexit until 2021 by asking EU countries to agree to a two-year transition period during which the UK would continue to enjoy full access to the single market.
In exchange, London would be ready to allow EU citizens to live and work in Britain, submit to European laws and continue paying into the EU budget.