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May extends olive branch to EU citizens already in the UK

European Union citizens who have not accumulated five years of continuous residence in the UK will be allowed to remain in the country under some circumstances, according to the UK government’s latest offer to the EU.

The offer is part of a policy package put forward by Theresa May on 26 June in the expectation that the EU will offer reciprocal treatment for UK nationals living in the rest of the bloc.

Under current law, EU citizens who have lived in Britain for five years are entitled to automatic permanent residence and can voluntarily apply for a document from the Home Office to show that.

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