LONDON – Gove cries foul on UK citizens’ rights

The UK says that the EU is in danger of breaching the terms of the Brexit agreement by failing to uphold the rights of British expats.

In a letter to European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said there was a “major imbalance” between the EU and UK’s approaches, warning that a lack of guidance and complex bureaucracy in some countries meant that many Britons risked not being given enough time to register to stay in their EU country.

“UK nationals living in the EU must be able to rely on the rights the Withdrawal Agreement gives them,” said Gove in his letter, adding that “the Withdrawal Agreement places obligations on the EU as a whole.”

Over 3 million EU nationals have filed for permanent residency in the UK under the Home Office’s ‘EU settled status’ scheme.

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