Mr Costa said that the only way to guard against this possibility would be for the rights of EU citizens living in the UK to be enshrined into British legislation before the deadline of October 31. He said that by doing this the government could inspire reciprocity from EU nations who would, in all likelihood, then be moved to protect the rights of British expats abroad.
“No peacetime British government has ever abrogated the rights enjoyed by over a million of its own citizens overnight,” he wrote**. “As a former UK government lawyer I can reasonably foresee an enormous unprecedented amount of litigation raised by British citizens. This would undoubtedly result in a severe challenge to the stability of your government.”
The letter includes details of Mr Costa’s discussions with Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, as part of a cross-party Parliamentary Emergency Task Force on Citizens’ Rights. All MPs taking part called on Brussels to protect the rights of citizens in the event of a no-deal.*
Mr Costa said that the problems of a no-deal could provoke many expat wealth management problems and as such the UK government should undertake to protect expats from financial losses caused by loss of access to European healthcare or pensions.
On 25 July, Sky News reported that Prime Minister Johnson was to announce to parliament that one of his first priorities as PM will be to pass a law which enshrines the rights’ of EU citizens to stay in the UK if there is no-deal. Mr Costa told Sky News that this “is what EU countries have been looking for in order to give reciprocal rights of British citizens in Europe”. ***
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* https://twitter.com/AlbertoCostaMP/status/1152615335192870913/photo/1 Images of letter sent to Boris Johnson appearing on Twitter. Accessed 25-07-19
** https://twitter.com/AlbertoCostaMP/status/1152615335192870913/photo/2 Accessed 25-07-19
*** https://news.sky.com/story/boris-johnson-to-enshrine-eu-citizens-rights-in-preparation-for-no-deal-11770128 Accessed 25-07-19