Verhofstadt Issues Brexit ‘Update’: Against UK’s ‘Intrusive Criminality Checks’ On EU Nationals

Guy Verhofstadt (pictured above) and the Brexit steering group in the European Parliament have issued a statement today, updating their stance on the ongoing Brexit negotiations. In it Mr. Verhofstadt criticises the UK for items ‘intrusive to people’s privacy’ such as checks on ‘criminality’ and wants such measures ‘off the table’. He also wants a role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in overseeing the final settlement. Here is the statement in full:

‘Last week was the first real round of Brexit negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom.  It has been an opportunity for the two parties to scope the main issues and map out where further explications are necessary. 

‘However, if we want negotiations to succeed within the limited time we have, progress on more detailed content will have to be made sooner rather than later. We can only start talking about a new EU-UK relationship if sufficient progress has been achieved in the three main withdrawal areas: citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and the border issue on the island of Ireland.

‘The European Parliament cannot be clear enough that sufficient progress means ‘across the board’, and not just in one or two areas. The European Parliament will formally and in due time indicate when the point of ‘sufficient progress’ has been reached.

‘More precisely, the European Parliament will remain vigilant regarding citizens’ rights and will continue to push for full rights for EU citizens in the UK as well as UK citizens in the EU. It is a core mission of the European project to protect, not to diminish, the fundamental rights of all citizens.

‘The European Parliament specifically seeks to fully safeguard the rights concerning family reunion, comprehensive healthcare, voting rights in local elections, the transferability of (social) rights, and the rules governing permanent residence (including the right to leave the UK without losing this status). Simultaneously, we seek to avoid an administrative burden for citizens and want proposals which are intrusive to people’s privacy off the table,  e.g. proposed systematic criminality checks. 

‘Last but not least, the European Parliament wants the Withdrawal Agreement to be directly enforceable and with a mechanism in which the European Court of Justice can play its full role.’

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3 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    “”The European Parliament will formally and in due time indicate when the point of ‘sufficient progress’ has been reached.”
    What gives them the right to decide that? If they don’t like how we do things and how we deal with our immigration then they can go f***know themselves, it’s our choice how we control our boarders etc, yes both EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens EU should have the same rights but as EU citizens would not get benefits wherever they are from in the EU as they do in the UK and UK citizens in the EU can’t claim any benefits in a EU Country then EU citizens should not be able to claim benefits from the UK any longer while they are here nor should those EU citizens who get benefits from the UK at present be able to transfer these benefits should they leave the UK by choice or otherwise,
    As for transferability of NHS health care, voting rights, social rights and voting rights these also should not be transferable should any citizen leave the UK unless that person has paid into our National insurance system for at least 20 years, if they haven’t paid into or only paid for a small amount of time why should they benefit from our nhs system or benefits system, if they leave the UK then they should lose that status also.
    As for the UK border agencies doing criminality checks etc yes they should do them on everyone who wishes to enter the UK on a residency basis, our borders should be tightly controlled much like they are in USA and Australia.
    As for the European Court of justice that should be withdrawn and have no standing or recognition in the UK or within UK law, and have no part or say in any Brexit negotiations.

  2. motorhome1 says:

    In your dreams pal

  3. Angela Davys says:

    exactly right our country our rules and laws our courts nothing else acceptable.

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