BREXIT Views

10/06/2019

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Applications to remain

In its article, Greek newspaper Ethnos informs us that more than 750,000 EU citizens have applied to remain in Britain if it leaves the EU, Home Secretary of the UK, Sajid Javid, said. The question of what will happen to the more than three million EU citizens living in Britain was one of the first to be dealt with in Brexit negotiations with the EU. Britain has said that EU citizens have until 31 December 2020 to apply for permanent residency. “EU citizens are our friends, neighbours and colleagues who contribute so much to this country. Whatever the outcome of Brexit, we want them to stay,” Javid said in a statement. Based on the process of recognising residence rights, EU citizens who have lived for five consecutive years in the UK can obtain permanent residency, which gives them the same rights to work, study and access to services and allowances as they have today.

Read the article in Greek: Περισσότεροι από 750.000 πολίτες της ΕΕ έκαναν αίτηση για να παραμείνουν στη χώρα


Trump’s promises to the UK

Dutch newspaper Het Parool comments on US President Donald Trump's three-day state visit to the UK this week, where he promised "a great trade agreement" with the UK after a possible Brexit. Quoting him at the joint press conference with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May in London on Tuesday, the article comments that Trump failed to mention specific details regarding a trade agreement apart from that “everything is on the table,” including the export of all types of goods from the US. Critics point out that it remains to be seen if the UK, economically weaker, will be able to force Trump and his 'America first' doctrine to agree on a deal that is beneficial to both countries. Trump praised Prime Minister May, with whom he says he has had "a special bond", and applauded Boris Johnson as a "major champion of Brexit", and, in his opinion, the best candidate for the newly vacant PM position.

 

Johnson starts campaigning

According to French newspaper Ouest France, Boris Johnson officially launched his campaign to succeed Theresa May as Prime Minister on Monday, 3 June. He promises that Brexit will take place on 31 October, "with or without agreement." Boris Johnson, former Mayor of London and Head of British Diplomacy, was one of the main architects of the vote in favour of Brexit in the 2016 referendum, and is now seeking to present himself as the savior of Britain's exit from the EU. Appreciated by militants of the Conservative Party's grassroots, Boris Johnson, described by some as a skillful and charismatic politician, has, on the other hand, provoked contrasting reactions from Tory MPs. Coincidentally perhaps, Johnson's campaign launch comes on the first day of US President Donald Trump's state visit to the UK, who announced Boris Johnson as his top candidate to replace May. 

Read the article in French: Boris Johnson lance sa campagne pour succéder à Theresa May


 

Macron’s "ultimate deadline"

Austrian newspaper Die Presse reports that, for French President Emmanuel Macron, 31 October is the "ultimate deadline" for Brexit to happen. Speaking on Monday at the Elysée Palace in Paris, Macron said that he did not want the next European Commission to have to deal with this issue. France - unlike many other EU countries - has already expressed reservations about a further postponement of Britain's withdrawal from the EU. Macron fears that further delays will prevent the EU from moving forward. Macron stressed, however, that other EU leaders may be willing to give Britain more time if a second referendum on Brexit is held or if London is willing to negotiate "something completely new". "Until the very last minute, the UK government is the only one that can stop Brexit," he said. 

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