Sacrificed on the altar of trade': Britons in Europe feel betrayed by Brexit deal
British nationals settled in Europe say they are used as ‘bargaining chips’, and that Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker’s deal does not guarantee their rights
Lisa O'Carroll THE GUARDIAN Brexit correspondent
Monday 11 December 2017 07.00 GMT
British nationals living in Europe say they are alarmed by claims that their rights have been protected by the Brexit deal sealed by Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker.
One Briton, Ingrid Taylor, who is settled in Germany, described claims that their rights were now guaranteed as “a barefaced lie”. Brexit impacts on the future lives of an estimated 1.2 million Britons settled in Europe, most of them working. They have accused May and Juncker of sacrificing them in the rush to sign off phase one of Brexit talks.
Taylor said that she believes the European commission has started to use the British in Europe as “bargaining chips” in reaction to the “intransigent stance” Theresa May took on EU citizens living in the UK. “After what happened on Friday, the anger has risen,” she said. “We feel betrayed, we feel anger, we feel we have been sacrificed on the altar of trade.” One of the biggest fears of Britons in Europe is that they will remain “landlocked” in the country in which they now live, unable to move across borders to work for meetings, or for business contracts.
British in Europe, an organisation representing 10 core campaign groups, has called on the European parliament to vote against endorsing the deal struck between May and Juncker on Friday. “We are very upset about it, as it is not fixed. The media are being told that we can live as we did before and that is simply not the case,” said Jane Golding, chair of British in Europe. REST OF ARTICLE IN NEXT POST #brexit #article50 #citizenrights