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Brexit: UK rules out automatic deportation of EU citizens – Verhofstadt

EU Brexit spokesman says Britain assured him about those who do not apply for settled status

The UK government has sought to reassure the EU that its citizens living in the UK will not be deported if they fail to apply for settled status, the European parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator has said.

Speaking after a meeting with the Brexit secretary, Steve Barclay, on Thursday night, Guy Verhofstadt said he had raised a number of concerns regarding the status of EU citizens in the UK after it leaves the bloc.

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UK must get post-Brexit ‘defence privileges’, says German minister

EU does not want to lose British military firepower

The European Union should offer Britain “privileged third-party status” in defence and foreign policy cooperation after Brexit, the German defence minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has said in a speech in London.

She said that such status should include access to projects such as Future Combat Air System, the Franco-German stealth jet programme.

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Britain’s EU citizens ‘at risk of discrimination’ after Brexit, say MEPs

European parliament says mixed messages have caused ‘unhelpful uncertainty’

The European parliament has said EU citizens living in the UK after it leaves the bloc risk discrimination in jobs and housing, because the government will not issue physical documents under the settled-status scheme.

In a resolution backed by a resounding majority of MEPs in Strasbourg, the parliament said the British government’s “conflicting announcements” about special status had caused “unhelpful uncertainty and anxiety” for EU nationals who had made the UK their home.

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UK-US trade deal under threat unless Iran stance changes, says Trump ally

Leading Republican highlights potential challenges for UK foreign relations after Brexit

Boris Johnson risks jeopardising a free-trade deal with the US unless he pulls the UK out of the Iran nuclear deal, a leading Republican voice on Iran has said.

The warning by Richard Goldberg, until last week a member of the White House national security council (NSC), highlights the dilemmas UK foreign and defence policymakers will face as Britain tries to steer its own course between Washington and Brussels after Brexit.

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Revealed: UK concealed failure to alert EU over 75,000 criminal convictions

Calls in UK and Europe for inquiries into scandal in which details of crimes by foreigners not passed on

The UK has failed to pass on the details of 75,000 convictions of foreign criminals to their home EU countries and concealed the scandal for fear of damaging Britain’s reputation in Europe’s capitals, the Guardian can reveal.

European trust in the UK on security issues sank to a new low on Tuesday night after details emerged of the apparent cover-up, which prompted calls for an investigation in the UK and a warning from one senior MEP that a Brussels inquiry was inevitable.

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Brexit weekly briefing: UK and EU all smiles but faultlines obvious

Johnson and Von der Leyen hold ‘positive’ talks – then UK is accused of acting ‘like cowboys’

Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing, which, after more than three and a half years and nearly 170 instalments, will be landing in your inbox for the very last time on 4 February, after Britain formally leaves the EU.

Full live and daily coverage of the negotiations on the future relationship between the bloc and its first ex-member will, of course, continue in the Guardian as talks advance, while our Brexit Means … podcast will provide monthly in-depth insights.

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10 years on, David Cameron’s toxic net migration pledge still haunts the UK | Daniel Trilling

Announcing a measurable target suggested a sensible technocratic solution – but it poisoned politics for a decade

Almost exactly 10 years ago, David Cameron, then leader of the opposition, appeared on the Andrew Marr Show to make a pledge that would shape British politics for the next decade. Under a Conservative government, the leader of the opposition promised, “net migration” would be reduced to the “tens of thousands”. Like much of Cameron’s rhetoric, it sounded like a clever technocratic fix to a seemingly intractable problem: Britain’s economy required immigration, but it was the source of media hostility and public anxiety that had bedevilled the incumbent Labour government.

With a measurable target – “net migration” is simply the difference between the number of people arriving in a country and the number of people leaving – Cameron’s pledge suggested that immigration could be sensibly managed, and a political timebomb defused. Yet, like many of his other defining projects, the policy was an abject failure – both on its own terms, and in the way it helped poison British politics in the years that followed.

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