Wednesday, May 19, 2021

EU to Ask UK to Respect Citizens’ Rights after Mistreatment Scandals

THE GUARDIAN: Exclusive: Message to Boris Johnson comes after citizens with UK job interviews say they were locked up

EU leaders will call on Boris Johnson to respect the rights of their citizens in the wake of scandals over their treatment in the UK, including their detention in removal centres, according to a leaked draft statement seen by the Guardian.

The message to the British prime minister will follow a first discussion of EU-UK relations between the 27 heads of state and government since the ratification of the trade and cooperation agreement struck last Christmas Eve.

“The European Council calls on the UK to respect the principle of non-discrimination among member states and the rights of EU citizens,” the leaders are due to say, adding that the deals agreed with Downing Street must be implemented in full.

There is growing concern within EU capitals over the UK government’s approach to their nationals, including those whose rights are guaranteed by the tortuously negotiated Brexit withdrawal agreement. » | Daniel Boffey in Brussels | Wednesday, May 19, 2021