French President Emmanuel Macron has said he will grant permanent residence to the United Kingdom after Brexit in a symbolic move aimed at ending the standoff with Britain over the country’s EU membership.
In a televised address late on Tuesday, Macron said the French president would grant permanent resident status to all EU citizens in the UK, who were not able to take up French citizenship before Brexit.
He also called for an end to the “unnecessary” deportation of EU nationals from France to Britain.
The move is the latest in a series of steps aimed at defusing the standoff between the European Union and the UK following Brexit.
Theresa May said last week that Britain would leave the bloc and that there would be no transitional deal between the UK and the EU.EU leaders have been seeking to avoid a hard border between the two countries, which is expected to cost millions of pounds in economic and social costs.