British citizens protest against Brexit in Berlin last year [Image: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images].

Ten groups representing British citizens in continental Europe have sent an “alternative white paper” to MPs and peers demanding their rights be prioritised in the UK’s EU exit talks and firmly guaranteed in the future divorce agreement.

“These are real people, with real lives and real problems, who moved to other EU countries legitimately believing their EU citizenship rights were irrevocable,” said Jane Golding, a lawyer based in Germany, who co-wrote the paper. “They cannot be left in this situation.”

On the day the government published its formal Brexit white paper, the document, drawn up by groups in Germany, France, Belgium, Spain and Italy, urged it to recognise as its key principle that UK citizens currently in the EU must be “expressly treated as continuing to have the same rights as they did before Brexit”.

Source: ‘Alternative white paper’ by Britons in EU says rights must be protected | Politics | The Guardian

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