MPs told UK can guarantee health and pensions now

Various groups representing Britons living abroad have called on the UK government to not wait for Brexit negotiations but to offer immediate reassurances for old age pension increases and pensioners’ healthcare.

The plea was made by representatives from France, Spain, Italy and Belgium, who were heard in the Commons by the MPs’ select committee on Brexit.

During the hearing, the chairman of the British Community Committee of France, Christopher Chantrey, also called for a resolution to be passed by both houses of Parliament at the moment of triggering Article 50, committing to maintaining residency rights of EU citizens living in the UK and calling on the other EU states to reciprocate.

He said this was “so these issues are solved and put to bed right at the start of the negotiation process, so we can get on with the enormous task of negotiating on all the other subjects.”

Asked if the UK should hold back to secure a promise for Britons first, he said he thought it would be “magnanimous” and “a good way of opening negotiations” for the UK to offer it to EU citizens in Britain unilaterally.

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