EU Underwhelmed by UK's Brexit Offer for EU Nationals

"The UK's position represents a fair and serious offer, one aimed at giving as much certainty as possible to citizens who have settled in Britain, building careers and lives and contributing so much to our society".

During Friday's press conference, however, Tusk was unimpressed by the British prime minister's offer.

European leaders have criticised the UK's offer to EU nationals after Brexit - with one senior figure claiming it could "worsen the situation" for them, BBC News reports.

For Poland, whose 800,000 citizens are the biggest cohort of the 3 million Europeans in Britain, Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said: "We appreciate the effort but the offer does not meet all the criteria the EU agreed on as red lines".

"The matter will now go into the negotiations".

Nearly exactly one year after Britain voted to leave in the June 23 referendum, May promised that nobody would be forced to leave after Brexit, offering permanent rights over healthcare, education, welfare and pensions to Europeans who arrive before a cut-off date.

At a dinner on Thursday night, May proposed allowing European Union citizens who have lived in Britain a long time to remain after Brexit under a "special status" - as long as Britons living on the continent are given reciprocal treatment.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the proposals were "a good start", but cautioned there were "many, many other issues" before Britain could reach agreement on its European Union exit.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said the plans left too many unanswered questions. Using a Flemish phrase to describe a dubious deal, he said: "We don't want a cat in the bag".

Theresa May is under intense pressure to improve her plans for EU citizens' rights, after her opening offer was dismissed by European leaders as not good enough.

May, speaking at the end of the summit, dismissed the idea that her proposal had gone down badly and said that families living in Britain wouldn't be split up.

But Brussels has been dismissive of May's call for sweeping and quick guarantees for expats and says only detailed legal texts can reassure people and take into account many complex, multinational family situations, also involving non-Europeans.

Speaking as the Brussels meeting came to a close, she appeared to point to an alternative, saying: "From our point of view, these [rights] will be enshrined in United Kingdom law, they will be enforced by the highly respected United Kingdom courts and of course, if this is an aspect of the withdrawal treaty, it will be enshrined in worldwide law as well".

Extending sanctions against Russian Federation, commitment to Paris Climate Change Agreement and moving EU agencies based in London following Brexit were among the significant issues taken up by the Council, President Donald Tusk said in a joint news conference with the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU term president Malta's prime minister, Joseph Muscat.

May set up a clash with Brussels by refusing to allow the European Court of Justice to arbitrate any disputes over citizens' rights in Britain.

"Our role in the negotiations is to reduce this risk".

And their response, once May explained her proposal, ranged from "a good start" by Germany's Angela Merkel to "not sufficient" and "vague", lacking clarity and detail.

Everyone remembers the sociopolitical fiasco named Brexit, where United Kingdom citizens voted to have Great Britain leave the European Union although they had no idea what that actually meant.

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