EU member states are exploring the future of British nationals living in their countries should the UK not secure a deal until 31 October, thus automatically withdrawing from the European Union. There is concern as to what this would mean for EU national living in Britain as well as Brits abroad.
Greeks in the UK
UK Prime Minister Theresa May reassured Greece that nearly 150,000 Greek nationals living, studying and working in the UK would not be affected by the Brexit.
In an interview with Greek Ta Nea daily newspaper, she said that the contribution of Greeks was invaluable and the rights of Greek citizens have been “guaranteed” in all Brexit scenarios.
The UK PM also said she had made telephone contact with new Greek prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and that his desire to want to make Greece a successful and outward-looking nation was in harmony with British values. “In particular, the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and I have agreed on the importance of expanding our cooperation on trade and security,” Mrs. May said.
Brits in Cyprus
Cypriot lawmakers on Friday unanimously passed legislation safeguarding the right of UK nationals and citizens of Northern Ireland and their families to move and reside freely in Cyprus in the event of a no-deal Brexit. According to the law, UK nationals will be allowed to continue residing on the island with residence documents and not have to leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement. The implementation of the law would take into account the reciprocity principal and would swing into effect on the provision that the UK government takes similar measures for the benefit of Cypriot nationals.