The rights of the Romanians currently living in the UK remain fully guaranteed, Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu said in a release issued on Friday by the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE).
According to the quoted source, the MAE took note of the recent statements by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who referred to a possible limitation of the rights of the European citizens who will wish to settle in the UK at a date after the withdrawal term of this state from the EU, set for March 29, 2019.
“Throughout the negotiations between the European Union and the UK on Brexit, the Romanian authorities have had as zero priority the guaranteeing of the rights of the Romanians living, working and studying in this state. In this respect, a series of inter-institutional mechanisms have been created that have permanently monitored the negotiations and have continued to play an active role in the dialogue with the UK, holding constant consultations with the negotiating team headed by the EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier,” the release reads.
According to the MAE, Romania’s objective has been reached, the result of the first phase of the negotiations with the UK confirming that European citizens, including Romanians, have all rights acquired or in the process of being acquired guaranteed.
“Obtaining an agreement in the second phase of the negotiations can only be achieved if the UK observes its commitments on citizens’ rights. We mention that the statements of the British Prime Minister refer exclusively to the European citizens who may arrive in the UK at a date after March 2019, so that these provisions would have no impact on the Romanians currently living in the UK. Any decision on the regime of the European citizens settling in this state will apply uniformly, without discrimination, for all citizens of the member states,” the release informs.
At the same time, the MAE underlines that Romania will act during negotiations “with full responsibility” to the obligations derived from the status of EU member and “in a spirit of loyalty” towards the other 26 states.
The MAE will also continue to carry out, together with its partner institutions, the consultation campaign with representatives of the Romanian community in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, “accommodating the inherent developments in a dynamic and unpredictable negotiation process and seeking to inform, guide and support constantly Romanian citizens,” the quoted source informs.