Diary Day 413: a concession is quietly made. 

My #Remainer’s Diary Day 413: the chattering classes obsessed over the sexual harassment scandal overrunning Westminster.

Meanwhile news leaked out that the British negotiating team had quietly accepted Brussels’ argument that there could be no discrimination between member states’ citizens during the remaining time in which Britain was a member state. In other words the cut-off date for EU citizens coming to the UK to have their rights safeguarded will not be earlier than the date the UK leaves the EU.

The European Parliament had threatened to veto any withdrawal agreement that contained an earlier date.

The Guardian quoted “one diplomatic source with knowledge of the behind the scenes discussions” as having said that it was now clearly understood that the cut-off date for EU citizens would be the Brexit date.

“That is because something happened in the meantime: people stopped coming, or started coming in much lower numbers and some are leaving and industry and NHS are pointing that out.”

The EU is a treaties-based organisation, in other words a laws-based one. The buccaneers of the Leave camp must surely be starting to dimly see this obvious fact which helps to explain the EU27’s stance.

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