EU nationals can STAY despite Brexit deal – May claims ‘moral high ground’ over Brussels

The unilateral offer from the Prime Minister will allow Europeans to continue to access the NHS and claim benefits.

Mrs May’s announcement chimes with her Government’s contingency policy for a bellicose break from the bloc, which relies “on the availability of existing labour”.

The Prime Minister’s offer would apply regardless of whether UK migrants in the EU are afforded the same rights, The Daily Telegraph reports.

The proposal will be nestled within the first release of more than 80 papers, which the Government will publish on Thursday, outlining contingency plans for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit across different sectors.

The idea was welcomed by staunch Brexiteer Jacob-Rees Mogg, who told The Times: “I have always thought we should make a unilateral offer in this area.

“EU migrants came here legally and the UK is not the sort of country that applies retrospective legislation.

“They should have broadly the same rights as British citizens — no better or worse.”

But former Brexit minister David Jones argued it had to be reciprocal.

He said: “We have a large number of Britons in the EU and their interests have got to be reflected.

“We have got to look after our own people.”

The news of Mrs May’s offer comes as her key allies in the Commons cautioned a second Brexit vote would undermine her negotiating position in Brussels.

Downing Street director of communications Robbie Gibb cited a poll whose findings detailed those who have changed their minds since the 2016 referendum vote.

The poll, published by the Sun on Sunday, found more Remainers now backed Leave than vice versa.

Commenting on the findings on Twitter, he said: “1.9million Leave voters say they would now vote to remain.

“But 2.4million Remain voters would now vote to leave. The country hasn’t changed its mind #RoadtoBrexit.”

But Tom Baldwin, Mr Gibb’s counterpart at the People’s Vote campaign, responded to the poll’s findings.

He wrote: “Better polls tell a different story.

“But if you’re so sure, give us a people’s vote and let’s test ‘the will of the people’.”

The People’s Vote campaign is seeking a second referendum on the final Brexit terms once Mrs May has completed her negotiations.

Sir Patrick Stewart, who lambasted Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership in a recent interview with the pro-Brexit publication the New European, is the People’s Vote campaign’s most high-profile supporter.

In an article in The Times today, Sarah Wollaston, chairwoman of the Commons Health Select Committee, argued the decision over what sort of Brexit the UK had should require “informed consent”.

The former GP said: “If you were about to undergo surgery, you would expect to know what the operation involved and to be informed about all the risks and benefits.

“It’s called informed consent and no decent surgeon would go ahead without it.

“Brexit certainly is major surgery with far-reaching consequences and the Government is about to proceed without informed consent.”

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