British Prime Minister Theresa May has denied treating European Union citizens in Britain as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations.
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Talks between EU and British negotiators have stalled over several issues, including the future status of the 3 million EU citizens in Britain and the 1 million Britons in other EU countries.
Some have accused politicians of using them as pawns in the deal-making.
In an open letter to EU nationals published Wednesday, May said "nothing could have been further from the truth."
She says Britain and the EU are in "touching distance" on a citizens' rights deal and that EU citizens already living legally in Britain will be able to stay.
May says registration will be accomplished through a "streamlined digital process" that a panel of European nationals will help oversee.
She and other EU leaders meet Thursday in Brussels.