U.K.’s May: EU Nationals Won’t Get Same Rights After Brexit

LONDON (AP) -
An anti-Brexit protester waves EU and Union flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London. (Reuters/Simon Dawson, File)

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday that European Union nationals who come to the country during the transition period after the country leaves the bloc should not have the same rights to remain as those who come earlier.

Speaking to reporters on a trip to China, May said she will fight proposals to give EU nationals full residency rights if they arrive after Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019. Officials in Brussels have said Britain must guarantee the rights of EU citizens if it wants free access to the European single market during the transition.

May said, “I’m clear there’s a difference between those people who came prior to us leaving and those who will come when they know the U.K. is no longer a member of the EU.”