Protect Britons in EU better, PM is warned

UK ‘prioritises EU residents above Britons living in EU’, claims Conservative MP

New pledges of better protection for Britons living in the EU after Brexit are close, a Conservative MP has claimed after what he describes as a “hard battle” with the UK prime minister and his cabinet.

Sir Roger Gale, in letters to Boris Johnson and in parliamentary questions, has insisted the government can – and should – take stronger action to protect Britons’ rights, especially in a no-deal.

This would include a lifetime right to uprated state pensions, exported disability benefits, and pensioners’ healthcare paid for by the UK – all issues the UK can guarantee now if it wants to.

Sir Roger said: “It’s been a hard battle and I’ve had to hold their feet to the fire but matters are moving in the right direction.”

He is now awaiting written confirmation of improvements from the prime minister.

It comes as deputy chairman of the British in Europe campaign group and retired barrister Jeremy Morgan QC told the House of Lords that the UK should do more for Britons in the EU.

Mr Johnson recently wrote to Sir Roger repeating the government’s pledges so far, such as uprating until 2022 in a no-deal and an intention to negotiate new arrangements for this to continue.

He said the government is seeking agreements ...

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