Despite the UK voting to wrestle back control from the bloc, the European Parliament draft proposal will allow the EU tell Britain what to do during any post-Brexit transition period.
Theresa May set out a transition period of two years following Brexit in her Florence speech – in which she laid out her red lines for Brexit.
Chancellor Philip Hammond had previously pushed for a lengthy transition of up to three years – while hardline Brexiteers including Tory MP Owen Paterson described putting off the nation’s EU evacuation as ‘absolute tosh’.
The European Draft paper outlines a slew of concessions, including limiting UK benefits from future EU agreements and forcing British courts to abide by the European human rights convention.
It also notes the UK has accepted EU citizens will be able to “export all exportable benefits” as part of EU legislation after the nation leaves the EU.
And on the rights of citizens to live in the UK it allows automatic rights to core family members and persons in a durable relationship currently residing outside Britain” as well as “children born in the future and outside Britain” – which is currently not an automatic right in the UK.
The draft was reportedly based on the agreement struck between Theresa May and the bloc earlier this week, before the Prime Minister’s plans were thwarted by her Commons allies the DUP over disagreement on the Irish border.
However, in an as yet unconfirmed part of the draft, the agreement makes a concession to the UK by allowing British citizens living inside the EU on Brexit Day, March 29, 2019, the right to travel and live anywhere in the bloc.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Exiting the EU said they “do not comment on leaked documents”.
It comes as Brussels tells Mrs May she has until midnight on Sunday to come up with a workable Brexit deal or EU leaders will not be able to open trade talks at next week’s summit.
The EU Commission insisted briefings by a senior official that Jean-Claude Juncker is prepared to extend the fraught negotiating process into next week are “not correct”.
Addressing journalists at the bloc’s Berlaymont home a spokesman insisted that progress must be made “this week, in this building” or there will not be enough time to seal a deal.
Eurocrats are sympathetic to the PM’s plight and have said that Mr Juncker wants to do whatever he can to help her and her Government survive a make-or-break few days.
Yesterday an EU official told…