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EU demands child benefit for its workers in UK – even for those born AFTER Brexit

THE European Union has demanded access child benefits for its workers in Britain – even if the off-spring are born after Brexit has been completed.

Michel Barnier, the EU chief negotiator, is believed to have raised the issue midway through last week’s negotiations in Brussels.The bloc believes its citizens should be left unaffected by the referendum result.

The UK government has said that it would guarantee the payment of child benefits to families outside of the UK if the children were born before the UK left the EU but is unwilling to carry on the payments for those European nationals born after the withdrawal date of March 29, 2019.

Brexit talks David Davis and Michel BarnierGetty             Brexit Secretary David Davis (L) with Michel Barnier in Brussels


It is estimated that the UK pays around £30million a year in benefits to about 34,000 children who do not live in the UK, mostly in Poland.There have been calls in the past to stop the practice for paying parents the benefit whose children do not live in the UK.

British negotiators are believed to have offered little hope to the EU team that they would rethink their strategy before the next round of talks at the end of August, according to The Observer, when the issue of social security is expected to feature heavily.

Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that Britain should not be under the control of the judicial body after Brexit.The European Union believes that the only way to ensure the rights of its citizens after Brexit is through the role of the ECJ.

Brexit Secretary David Davis in BrusselsGetty             Brexit Secretary David Davis speaking in Brussels on Thursday


In a press conference on Thursday with Mr Barnier and Brexit Secretary David Davis, Mr Barnier said: “Quite frankly as far as we are concerned we can see no other way in which we can guarantee the permanent continuation of such European rights as exercised.”Senior British government figures believe that the EU is in danger of “judicial imperialism” with its demands.

Although the Brexit talks are in the early stages of negotiations divisions have already opened up between the two sides, such as child benefits and free movement of citizens, as well as arguments over the so-called paying of the ‘Brexit bill’.

EU chief negotiator Michel BarnierGetty               EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier speaking at Thursday’s press conference


Mr Barnier has already admitted that keeping a lid on differences between EU member states over Brexit is “difficult” and warned a brewing row over Britain’s divorce bill is the most likely issue to collapse the talks.The 66-year-old said: “Checking that what I say – the negotiating lines on the Union side – is agreed by everyone is a lot of work. It is difficult for me and for my co-workers.

“There is a lot of work in consultation and in dialogue with the Council and working groups specialising in Brexit, as well as with the European Parliament and of course here with the college.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/831887/Brexit-talks-child-benefit-Britain-EU-European-Union

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