EU CITIZENS living in Britain make a ‘vital contribution’ but will have to wait until Brexit negotiations begin for a guarantee on their future, Theresa May has warned.
The prime minister (pictured) said EU members had rejected her bid to reach an early agreement on the fate of 3.3million Europeans in Britain — and more than 1million UK citizens living in the EU — as MPs began three days of debate on the Article 50 bill.
She dismissed calls to make an unconditional offer as she urged MPs ‘not to obstruct the democratically expressed views of the British people’.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was ‘in the government’s gift’ to protect EU citizens’ status.
■ BRITAIN will overcome a Brexit-induced slowdown to become the fastest growing G7 nation until 2050, a report predicts. The UK will notch up annual growth of 1.9 per cent to outstrip Germany, France and Italy if it stays open to talented people, PwC says.