The EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for an EPP meeting in Brussels, June 22, 2017
The EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for an EPP meeting in Brussels, June 22, 2017

BRUSSELS - The European Parliament's group on Brexit negotiations has made a damning assessment of British proposals on EU citizens' rights after the U.K. leaves the European Union, further indication of how tough the two-year negotiations are expected to become.

In a letter Monday to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and seen by The Associated Press, the group said “the U.K. does not respect the principles of reciprocity, symmetry and non-discrimination.” Furthermore, it said that under the U.K. proposals made on June 26, EU citizens in Britain would be looking at “nothing less than relegation to second-class status.”

Citizens' rights in each other's nations are considered the first issue that both sides must settle.

Even though Barnier is leading the negotiations, the European Parliament still has a veto right on any deal.