Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May says she wants all European Union citizens lawfully living in Britain to remain after Brexit in 2019, promising a streamlined system for them to register to be able to stay.
“They’ve made a huge contribution to our country, that’s why we want them and their families to stay. I’m absolutely clear that EU citizens living lawfully in the UK today will be able to stay,” May said in Parliament on Wednesday.
“It’s going to be a digital system, it’ll be streamlined, it’ll be user friendly, and it will ensure that this is as simple and as easy a process for people as we can provide,” she added.
The embattled premier told reporters early February, “There is a difference between those who came prior to us leaving and those who will come when they know the UK is leaving.”
She had also said that the status of such EU citizens would be “a matter for negotiation” when Britain meets with EU officials again in March to…