PSD MEP Catalin Ivan: A sad day for Europe, a day with catastrophic consequences for United Kingdom
MEP Catalin Ivan (PSD) claimed that Friday was a sad day for Europe and a day with catastrophic consequences for the United Kingdom, stating that a long period of important decisions, searches, negotiations and pressures is up next, a period from which the EU will have to come out stronger.
“This morning we have the clear image of the danger that populist politicians represent for the destiny of a nation. A sad day for Europe. A day with catastrophic consequences for United Kingdom. A dark day even for democracy,” MEP Catalin Ivan wrote on Facebook.
He also stated that the European Union will no longer be the same from now on, but will have to be stronger, provided it survives the extremist, nationalist, xenophobic wave that will follow Brexit.
“A long period of important decisions, searches, negotiations and pressures is up next, a period from which the EU will have to come out stronger,” Ivan added.
Cristian Preda: Romanians in the UK should be the priority
MEP Cristian Preda stated for Mediafax that Romania’s priority in the upcoming period, against the backdrop in which the UK leaves the European Union, will be taking care of the Romanians who are in the United Kingdom, but also of those who want to go there to work or study.
“I believe that in the negotiations we will have with the United Kingdom we will have to have in mind, very clearly, the situation of Romanians who are now in the United Kingdom and the situation of those who want to go work there. United Kingdom’s exit will not censure the aspirations, will not stop the desires of other Romanian citizens to go and work, and possibly live, in the United Kingdom. We have to pay attention to these two categories and to obtain the maximum in the negotiations. For instance, in negotiating the United Kingdom’s presence in the single market, in all that the conditions for living and studying in the United Kingdom mean. The legal, juridical aspects are very numerous and I believe we have to have in mind the interest of Romanian citizens,” Cristian Preda said.
The MEP says that one of the direct consequences for Romania will be that our country will take over earlier the presidency of the Union. “For Romania there is a very clear institutional consequence, namely that we will very likely have to take over the presidency of the European Union much earlier than expected. We will probably have to do so earlier because the United Kingdom had to hold the presidency of the Council of the Union in the second half of 2017 and at this moment this is out of the question, a country that is negotiating its exit cannot lead the European Union,” Cristian Preda added for Mediafax.
Iuliu Winkler: After Brexit, Brussels bubble will have to get closer to the electorate
MEP Iuliu Winkler stated that United Kingdom leaving the EU will have result in the re-analysis of the relationship between European institutions and the citizens of member states; in what concerns the Romanians living in the UK, they can remain calm for the time being.
“The Brussels bubble, what we all are, obviously I’m not ruling myself out and I’m not ruling the European Parliament out, too distant from the electorate, will have to find the ways through which to move closer to the electorate. The European Union cannot resist solely as a technocratic structure, it has to be an emotional construct too. People have to feel the Union as belonging to them, which unfortunately is the case today only to a small extent,” the UDMR MEP stated.
In what concerns the Romanians in the United Kingdom, Winkler states that at least for the time being they should not be worried. “All Romanians that are legally in the United Kingdom will continue to benefit from the rights that they have there. What will probably change will be the public feeling in the United Kingdom. One should not forget that the Brexit camp’s argument was the emotional one related to migrants. If you look at it from London, we are the migrants,” Winkler added.
Norica Nicolai: Brexit, a lesson for political leaders. Romanian workers won’t be affected
MEP Norica Nicolai stated that the United Kingdom, not the Union, will lose the most from leaving the European family, and the Romanians who are now legally in the United Kingdom will not be hurt.
“Of course, there is concern generated by Brexit’s contagion effect, but there are not very many concerns because the Treaty stipulates the possibility of leaving. Definitely, I don’t believe the Union will stand to suffer too much, United Kingdom would suffer more: by losing free trade in the European Union, from the standpoint of exports, the City risks losing to Frankfurt, a series of European institutions will relocate their headquarters from the United Kingdom, citizens will stand to lose,” Norica Nicolai stated.
In what concerns the consequences for our country, Nicolai says that the Romanians in the UK will not be hurt. “For Romania, the consequences are identical with those for the European Union. The issue of the Romanian labour force in the United Kingdom will be solved in time, there won’t be an immediate impact. Nobody should expect the Romanian workers who are legally working there to leave the United Kingdom. This is a lesson that European leaders and not only them have received and from which they should learn something,” the MEP added for Mediafax.
Teodor Baconschi: The remaining 27 have to reset the European project
Ex-Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi said that UK’s decision to leave the EU is a reason for sadness, but also for quick political action to consolidate the Union, pointing out that the remaining 27 states have to reset the European project.
“The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland leaving the EU is a reason for sadness and at the same time for rapid political action to consolidate the continental bloc. Obviously, the will of a small majority of British citizens should be respect. We, the other 27, have the duty to reset the European project and to continue building our common destiny,” Baconschi wrote on Facebook.
The ex-ForMin also stated that after 43 years of EU membership for the UK, the “divorce,” based on Article 50 of the Treaty, will last from 2 to 10 years.
Diaconescu: Anti-European populism should be handled carefully, including by Romania
Anti-European populism and xenophobia are, after Brexit, the main phenomena that have to be handled with care and determination, including by Romania, ex-Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu stated on Friday for Mediafax.
“There are serious threats to European solidarity, hence against Romania’s national interests,” Diaconescu said.
In this context, he pointed out that today “Nigel Farage is talking on behalf of the British people, the UKIP leader having been the only one of the leaders of Brexit supporters who hastily announced the real reason of the Brexit campaign – that ‘the European Union has died.’”
Leader of Romanians in UK, Irimie: Brexit – a shocking decision that will affect all Romanians there
The UK’s recent vote in favour of leaving the European Union, known as Brexit, is a shocking decision that will affect all Romanians living in the UK, but the UK’s exit is a process that will take time to conduct, leader of the Romanian community in the UK Cristina Irimie told a meeting of the Congress of Romanians Abroad going on in Bucharest Friday and Saturday.
“This is a shocking decision that will affect us all who we are there,” said Irimie.
In her opinion, UK’s leaving the EU will take some time to complete and the Romanians there will be able to legalise their status in the meantime. “What I can tell you is that the UK exiting the European Union will take time to complete, and there will be enough time for Romanians residing in the UK to legalise their status,” she said.
“No Romanian national working legally in the UK will be affected, because their rights will continue to exist even after the UK’s exiting the European Union.”
“I believe we should display calm, to act English instead of Romanian, that is to seek solutions (…) Now is the time for us to prove that we are responsible, to unite and persevere in being informed,” she said.
In its direct negotiations with the UK, says Irimie, Romania will need “diplomacy, lobbying, as well as clear and pertinent messages.”
“We have to think that the UK extremists will use this moment to the max and that we, the Romanians in the UK, will become again their scapegoat,” said Irimie. Given the circumstances, she said, Romanians had two years to enjoy equal rights in the UK labour market.
Irimie added that according to the social security numbers issued in the UK the local Romanian community should be between 400,000 and 500,000.