As the deadline to reach a Brexit agreement approaches, and with no obvious way forward to reach a deal, North East Labour MEPs Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen have this week signed a joint letter to EU leaders calling for swift action to protect the rights of citizens in the event of a chaotic no-deal.
The letter, cosigned by twenty-four other UK MEPs, calls for the EU to ring-fence citizens' rights so that those people already living and working across the EU will finally have certainty as to their position in the event that no agreement is reached by 29th March.
This comes as the EU Petitions Committee, of which Jude is a member, will be holding a hearing on Brexit and related citizens’ rights issues on Monday 21st January. The hearing will be an opportunity for those European citizens most affected by Brexit to discuss outstanding issues and raise the concerns they have directly with MEPs. Representatives from the “British in Europe” and “The 3 Million” will be speaking, along with comment from the European Commission.