British nationals in mainland Europe say they feel like ‘bargaining chips’, and that first-stage deal does not guarantee rights.
The news of a deal being reached for UK citizens in EU member states has come after lengthy negotiations over the past week, but for most, the deal is not the result they were hoping for. Although they have agreed on “reciprocal” rights, for both UK citizens in EU member states and EU citizens in the UK, it seems they have rushed to reach a deal to sign-off on Phase 1 talks to keep within their deadline.
The Guardian, 11th December 2017
Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/11/sacrificed-on-the-altar-of-trade-brits-in-europe-feel-betrayed-by-brexit-deal