Future of migrants tops UK talks list
Days after the opening of formal Brexit talks, Theresa May is set to make a bid to break the logjam over the status of expat citizens following UK withdrawal from the EU.
The UK prime minister will use a European Council summit in Brussels today to brief counterparts on her plans to offer certainty to the three million EU nationals living in the UK, an issue she has identified as her first priority for early agreement in the talks.
Full details of the UK proposals will be published on Monday.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he hoped leaders of the 27 other nations would match her "generous" proposals with similar offers to the one million British expats on the continent.
The 27 remaining members will also hear a report from chief negotiator Michel Barnier on his talks with David Davis earlier this week, when Britain's Brexit secretary accepted a European timetable to put off talks on a future trade relationship until progress has been made on the terms of the divorce.
In a two-day summit whose agenda is formally dominated by immigration, security and the economy, Mrs May will also brief her counterparts on the UK's commitment to a new £75m (€85m) plan designed to stem the flow of illegal migrants from Africa to Europe.
The three-year programme will offer humanitarian support to would-be migrants on the perilous transit routes.
Migrants who find themselves stranded and destitute along the routes will be offered assistance to return home.