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Brexit wrangle over citizens’ rights is nonsense, says Juncker

European commission president says UK should have taken simple, common-sense option of maintaining status quo

Jean-Claude Juncker has dismissed Brexit negotiations over citizens’ rights as a “nonsense”, claiming he could not understand why the British had not guaranteed from the start that everything would remain the same for European nationals – “or ‘foreigners’, as they are saying in London” – after the UK leaves the EU.

The European commission president told students in Luxembourg on Friday that progress was being made on the issue but he failed to see why the British had not taken the “common sense” option of retaining the status quo.

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