‘Here are our red lines’ EU parliament boss meets May in London to lay down Brexit demands

20 Apr

He said: “Defending the rights of our citizens is our first priority and as the directly elected representatives of millions of EU citizens affected by the UK’s departure, the European Parliament will carry out this responsibility with the utmost diligence.

“These students, workers and families, some of whom have spent their entire lives in another EU country, deserve absolute certainty over their future.”

In a sign of the important he is attaching to the issue, Mr Tajani will meet civil rights groups New Europeans and Amnesty straight after his Downing Street audience to discuss the status of EU citizens in the UK.

Tory MEP Vicky Ford said the decision to invite the Italian official to Downing Street was an “astute move” by the PM and showed she knew the important of keeping MEPs sweet. 

Mr Tajani also insisted that Jean-Claude Juncker’s handpicked negotiator, Frenchman Mr Barnier, had his “full trust and support” to lead the bloc into what are likely to be fractious divorce talks. 

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