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The bilateral relationship between the UK and Romania will remain strong, productive and positive, British Ambassador Paul Brummell says in an interview with Mediafax

Paul Brummell, the British Ambassador in Bucharest has emphasized in an interview with Mediafax on Monday that the bilateral relationship between the UK and Romania will remain  “a strong, productive and positive” bilateral relationship after the Brexit referendum.

“We’ve had a number of communications, direct communications, and also we’ve read a number of statements from senior Romanian officials, including statements from President Iohannis, Prime Minister Ciolos, and I think one common denominator that runs through everything that we’ve seen and heard and discussed is the strong commitment to maintaining a strong productive positive bilateral relationship that will certainly continue. The United Kingdom will remain a key partner of Romania in NATO, we have a bilateral relationship of 136 years of diplomatic relations, a whole wide range of strong connections, and shared interests, shared values, all of those will very much remain and I’ve been very pleased that President Iohannis and others have made that clear in their public statements too,” Ambassador Brummell told Mediafax.

Asked about his opinion about how the UK’s vote would impact economically and  politically, on the Romanian community in Great Britain and British community in Romania, Ambassador Paul Brummell answered: “Prime Minister Cameron emphasized on Friday that there would be no immediate changes either in respect of the rights and responsibilities of Romanian citizens in the UK or in the respect of the rights and responsibilities of British citizens here in Romania. We are preparing for a negotiation to exit the European Union, but that will be a protracted process so we are not expecting any immediate changes to the positions of Romanians in the United Kingdom. And as the Mayor of London and very many other people have made clear, Romanians and other migrants in United Kingdom are enormously welcomed”.

The British diplomat  underlined that the referendum was “a big democratic exercise” with more than 33 million people who went to the polls.

“ The British Government’s position was that we felt the right future for the UK was to stay in a reformed European Union, but this was a big democratic exercise, more than 33 million people voted, the decision was a different one, the decision was a vote to leave the European Union, and so we feel that that’s what must be respected, and as the Prime Minister said on Friday, that’s what must be delivered”.

However,  he noticed that there were certainly geographical  differences in the pattern of voting, so that overall, there was a majority vote to remain in Scotland and Northern  Ireland, and overall a majority vote to leave in England and Wales. “But this was one vote, this was a decision of the United Kingdom as a whole and the Prime Minister emphasized on Friday that actually what we now  need to do is prepare for a negotiation to deliver the decision that British people made as a whole to leave the European Union, but that does need to involve all the devolved administrations in that negotiation and that’s to ensure that the interests of all parts of the United Kingdom are protected and advanced,” said the UK’s Ambassador to Romania.

He went on saying that “Prime Minister and indeed all parties were always clear that this was a referendum, a single vote which would come to a single decision and that single decision is the one that will be respected and will be delivered”.

Regarding the new campaign launched by “Gandul” newspaper in the social media according to which every Romanian citizen should adopt a British citizen from the “remain in the EU” camp, the UK’s Ambassador said:

“Well, as I understand the campaign is all about generating Facebook links between Romanians and Britons, and anything that generates friendships between people in our two countries is something that of course is welcome”.

 

The Guardian: Romanians for Remainians – an ‘adoption’ offer for bewildered Brits

 

Bucharest newspaper offers an opportunity to stay in the EU, escape the political fallout and get away from the miserable weather, reads an article published on Tuesday by theguardian.com.

<‘The good people who voted remain and share European values deserve to be our relatives’, says the Romanian campaign.

If the Brexit fallout has left you reeling and combing your family tree for alternative passport options, it might be time to consider adoption by a Romanian family.

A daily newspaper in Bucharest has launched a “Romanians for Remanians” campaign, offering a new home to the 48% of Britons who voted to stay in the European Union.

The Gandul website tells Brits who believe in a united Europe to “leave the Brexiters, the quarrelling and the weather behind” and “start brand new life” in Romania.

It also calls on Romanians to volunteer to help “the good people who voted to remain and share European values deserve to be our relatives”.

They don’t say whether the offer is also open to the “Regrexit camp”, those who voted leave but have since changed their minds.

The campaign’s Facebook app connects “loving Romanian families” with needy Brits, allowing people to offer to help would-be immigrants apply for a Romanian ID,> shows the article published by theguardian.com .

 

British Ambassador, Senate’s Foreign Policy Committee head discuss UK’s EU referendum

 

Bilateral cooperation and the latest developments in the aftermath of the recent EU referendum in the UK were discussed at a meeting on Wednesday of head of the Romanian Senate’s Committee on Foreign Policy Petru Filip and UK’s ambassador in Bucharest Paul Brummell.

According to a Senate statement, also attending the meeting was Senator Ben Oni Ardelean, the committee’s secretary, who informed the British side on a visit he paid to London, following “notifications from Romanian citizens living in the UK who risk losing in court the custody over their minor children.”

“The Romanian side wanted to know how much the British Embassy in Bucharest knows about these cases and what the stand of the British side is on these cases, at the same time urging for the family’s right to religious freedom and to preserving the Romanian identity and cultural traditions being observed,” the statement says.

Brummell showed that he is in no legal capacity to comment on the British justice decisions on any topic or individual case and presented general aspects of the British law regulating the separation of children from their biological families and placing them up for adoption, if required.

He added that the British authorities take into account the best interest of the child and assured the Romanian side that he will inform the relevant authorities about those notified by the Romanian Senate’s Committee on Foreign Policy.

 

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