British Prime Minister Theresa May, on Monday, January 21, presented Plan B for the country’s withdrawal from the European Union in the British Parliament. In fact, it does not differ much from the plan A, which failed during the January 15 vote. May is not very inclined to make compromises, so she offered only minor changes.
Britain is ready to cancel the registration fee
In particular, the British government does not oppose the abolition of the £ 65 fee, which will have to be paid by EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit, according to TSN . “The government will cancel the registration fee so that there are no financial barriers for those wishing to stay in the EU,” said May, speaking in the British Parliament. She also said that since January 21, 2019, the British Interior Ministry had begun the pilot registration procedure for the registration of all EU citizens wishing to live and work in the United Kingdom without visas after Brexit.
Under the British law, the status of a permanent resident in the United Kingdom, having paid 65 pounds, have citizens of the EU countries who have lived in the United Kingdom for at least five years. Persons who have lived in a country less than five years may receive a “prior status” before applying for a permanent residence. Those, who will not register by June 30, 2021, may be deported.
According to May, she has listened to the views of dissatisfied migrant workers from the EU, and from March 30, when the registration procedure is completed, and the United Kingdom will leave the EU officially, the fee will no longer be charged. These people who will register before March 30 will get the money they spent before. That issue was approved by Labor’s leader Jeremy Corbyn.
New advice on the Northern Ireland border
Also, according to Plan B, May wants to resume negotiations with Brussels on the border control issues between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. According to May, this week she plans to hold additional talks on the Northern Ireland issue in the parliament, in particular with representatives of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), and then present the result of these discussions in Brussels. However, May rejected the possibility of amending the Belfast Agreement of 1998 in order to solve the border problem in Northern Ireland. “I want to say with complete clarity in the light of publications in the media spread this morning – the government will not change the Belfast agreement, I have never intended to do so,” she said.
Resounding “no” to the second referendum
In addition, the British PM categorically denied the possibility of holding a second referendum on Brexit. “Our duty is to implement the decision of the first one. I fear a second referendum would set a difficult precedent that could have significant implications for how we handle referendums in this country. Conducting the second referendum will harm the union and the social cohesion”, – emphasized Theresa May.
The reaction of the British MPs to Plan B was mostly negative. According to leader of the opposition Labor Party Jeremy Corbyn, May refuses to recognize the real situation around her agreement.
Likewise, Germany is disappointed with the new plan of the May’s government. It was stated by the German Minister of Justice Katarina Barley. “Yes, I’m disappointed … This is far from the way forward,” said Barley, adding that May failed to get support for the Brexit deal, agreed with the EU.
It should be reminded that on January 29, the British Parliament will make a second attempt to support an agreement with the EU, relying on Plan B, introduced by Teresa May.