Brexit Secretary writes to EU seeking mutual citizens rights deal in case of no deal

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Britain has already guaranteed the status of EU citizens in the event of no deal, while multiple EU countries have done the same for their British residents.

The British government has written to the EU asking for an agreement that would protect citizens rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The move comes after Spain passed a royal decree that guaranteed expats got continued access to benefits, healthcare and pensions.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay made the request in a letter to Brussels’ top negotiator, Michel Barnier.

The Brexit Secretary is said to be particularly worried about British expats losing their access to healthcare if the UK crashed out.

Britain has already guaranteed the status of EU citizens in the event of no deal, while multiple EU countries have done the same for their British residents.

Mr Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox are set to hold talks with Mr Barnier, as they seek assurances that would get a deal through parliament.