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British proposal on citizens' rights after Brexit fails to impress European Union

British proposal on citizens' rights after Brexit fails to impress European Union

European Union leaders Friday were not impressed with British Prime Minister Theresa May's initial proposal to protect the rights of millions of citizens from different countries when Britain exits the bloc.

May’s offer to agree to residency, healthcare and other social benefits to citizens from the other 27 EU countries who have lived in Britain for five years or more fell far short, according to several EU leaders at a summit in Brussels.

“My first impression is that the UK’s offer is below our expectations, and that it risks worsening the situation of citizens,” Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, told reporters Friday.

About 3 million EU citizens live...

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