European Council president Donald Tusk has rejected the UK’s proposal for an early deal to guarantee the status of EU citizens in Britain and British citizens in the EU. Tusk disingenuously writes “we have assumed that one of the main reasons for the vote for Brexit was the rejection of the free movement of people and all the rights it entails”. No one on the Leave campaign ever said anything questioning the right to remain. Tusk then dismisses the suggestion of an early agreement as a “nice-sounding expression”. This is an idiotic position – can you imagine Poland’s reaction if the EU refuses to eventually come to a deal? Remainers were furious when they thought it was Theresa May who was using people as bargaining chips. What do they have to say now they know it’s Brussels refusing to end uncertainty for EU citizens in Britain?
UPDATE: Open Britain set up a whole campaign on right to remain. Surely they will be disgusted with Donald Tusk?
EU citizens are people, not pawns. Write to Theresa May and get her to stand up for their right to remain https://t.co/SfAqdoyEkf
— Open Britain (@Open_Britain) October 14, 2016