Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May walks through the door to greet Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at 10 Downing Street in London Monday July 10, 2017. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)
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The European Parliament Monday set itself on a collision course with Britain, making a damning assessment of British proposals on EU citizens' rights after the U.K. leaves the European Union.The legislature indicated it would be using its power of veto on the negotiations if Britain did not become more lenient on the rights of EU citizens living in the country, a further indication of how tough the two-year negotiations are expected to become.Even though Barnier is leading the negotiations for the EU as a whole, the European Parliament still has a veto right on any deal.British Prime Minister Theresa May had first floated her ideas on protecting the rights of each other's citizens at an EU summit in late June. The other EU leaders were halfhearted at best about what May called a "generous" offer on protecting the rights of EU citizens."Above all," the four-page letter brimming with scathing comments added, EU citizens in Britain would have "no lifelong protection".
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