“On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom left the European Union, following a referendum in 2016. Since the United Kingdom lost its EU membership, the post-Brexit transition period has begun. it will end on 31 December 2020. The European Union and the United Kingdom are currently negotiating a post-Brexit agreement. These negotiations are at a crucial stage, as the parties must reach an agreement as soon as possible in order to give the Member States the time to ratify the agreement by 2021. However, there is a possibility that the negotiations between the two parties may be concluded without agreement ”, Corina Cretu, a member of the political group Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, begins her request for an answer.
The MEP then asks for clarifications on the situation of European citizens, including about 500,000 Romanians, in Great Britain if the two parties do not reach an agreement.
“Knowing that between 3 and 3.6 million European citizens live in the UK, of which about half a million are Romanians, especially if there is no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom, how the rights will be affected Europeans, including Romanians settled in the United Kingdom, how will the rights of students, researchers, workers, including unskilled workers, and entrepreneurs working in the United Kingdom be affected? What are the measures that the European Union intends to take to protect its citizens? ”, Creţu asks.
At the age of 53, Corina Cretu is a Romanian politician who served from November 1, 2014 to July 1, 2019 as Commissioner for Regional Policy of the Commission led by the Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker. She also served as Vice – President of the European Parliament from June to October 2014.
The United Kingdom and the European Union are at a standstill after nine rounds of negotiations on the post-Brexit agreement, despite the fact that time is pressing harder.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set a deadline for an agreement on the next European summit, scheduled for October 15. The Europeans have given themselves a deadline until the end of October.
The head of government in London still considers it possible for the two sides to reach a compromise, but stressed that there are still “various problems to be solved”. However, he warned that the UK could “live very well” with a “no deal”.
If no agreement is reached, World Trade Organization (WTO) regulations will apply in the relations between the two sides, which provide for high customs duties, which could have disastrous consequences for the British economy, already weakened by the pandemic. COVID-19, notes AFP.