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Latvian government prepares legislation to protect rights of Latvian in Britain after Brexit

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian government has started working on a document that provides for the protection of rights of Latvian citizens working in Britain and vice versa after Brexit, says Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

«We will develop a document that will ensure the same rights for British citizens that live and work in Latvia and Latvian citizens that live and work in Britain after Brexit,» said the minister.

He adds that this short political document is in early stages of preparation. Discussions regarding its approval with the Saeima are only planned at this stage, which is largely because of the lack of a new government. ‘I would refrain from giving specific dates, because we still have more than two months before 29 March, when Britain is set to leave the EU,’ said the politician.

«It is still unclear for us what Britain may do in the next three days. However, we believe this political commitment would help both sides help their citizens,» stresses Rinkēvičs, adding that Britain has been rather adequate towards Latvia’s interests and status of its citizens.

All that is left now is to wait for the British government to take action, and scenarios are different, said the minister. «Depending on the decisions, our reaction will follow,» adds the minister, stressing that the next steps may come not after the no-confidence vote against British Prime Minister Theresa May, but rather after 21 January, when the British government is expected to present future solutions.

«If the British government collapses, this is one possible outcome. However, if the government is reapproved, this is entirely different. We expect a plan from the British government in the next three days. Of course, at the same time we continue working on a package of laws. Nevertheless, it is important to keep in mind the future steps from Britain,» said Rinkēvičs.

If Britain decides to extend the talks process, consent from all 27 EU member states would be required. With that, Latvian government will have to discuss this matter in detail and coordinate it with Saeima’s European Affairs Committee, said the politician.

«Considering the incredibly complicated situation, we have to consider ways to avoid making the situation even more complicated. If there is an opportunity to resolve problems or reach an agreement, I see no reasons why talks could not be extended,» the minister added.

As it is known, Theresa May’s agreement regarding Brexit conditions was supported by only 202 members of the British parliament, whereas 432 legislators declined it.


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