UK government accepts proposal on citizens' rights in Brexit debate

Reuters | February 28, 2019

Britain will write to the European Union to try to secure guarantees on citizens’ rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Wednesday, part of government efforts to take the sting out of a series of votes.“I’m happy to confirm that we will write to the EU institutions and that this will be done in the coming days,” Barclay told parliament, after a lawmaker in his party gathered widespread support for a proposal calling on the government to do more on citizens’ rights.

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A recent study of college seniors found that just 2.3 percent were considering work in the Federal Government post-graduation. Members of the Avue Government Advisory Board discuss why the Federal Government has difficulty recruiting and retaining Millennials.

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A recent study of college seniors found that just 2.3 percent were considering work in the Federal Government post-graduation. Members of the Avue Government Advisory Board discuss why the Federal Government has difficulty recruiting and retaining Millennials.

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