Prime Minister Theresa May will outline on Thursday her approach to the “hugely important issue” of reassuring EU expatriates about their futures in Britain at a summit in Brussels.
Over coffee at the end of dinner on the first day of the EU gathering, May will address the other 27 leaders and describe “principles” of her plan to give early guarantees to some three million people living in Britain who come from other countries in the bloc.
After setting out her principles, May will leave to allow the leaders to continue their discussions over coffee without her.
May has repeatedly said that she will not guarantee status of EU citizens who live in the UK unless the 27-member bloc provides a reciprocal pledge.
Also on the agenda are defence and security, where May will call for action to tackle online terrorism.
The meeting will be the British Prime Minister’s first with all EU leaders since the general election, which sapped her authority. It comes almost a year to the day when Britain voted to leave the Union.