On Wednesday morning, I attended the European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group, which as addressed by Guy Verhofstadt MEP, the arch-Europhile and the man representing the Parliament in the Brexit negotiations.
In short, Mr Verfhofstadt had published a short paper rejecting HM Governments proposals for a ‘deal’ regarding EU citizens living the UK and UK citizens living the EU.
Mr Verhofstadt is part the EU strategy to make Brexit as difficult as possible so that we give up the struggle and don’t leave.
In his short paper one thing he proposes is that EU citizens with ‘settled status’ in the UK can continue to export their benefit payments – e.g. child benefit for children not even living the UK. And what is more that this should continue to apply for children not even born when we leave in March 2019.
I raised the question how is it reciprocal or fair that British taxpayers should pay benefits to EU citizens not even born yet when no similar benefits systems exist in most EU counties.
You can see the full exchange by clicking on this link: