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Nov 10, 2016

PM Orbán meets with British prime minister to protect rights of Hungarians living in UK

There are some 150,000 Hungarian citizens earning a living through jobs linked to Britain – either working in Britain, or as the employees of British-owned businesses operating in Hungary

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has held talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May to ensure the rights of Hungarians living in the United Kingdom are not curtailed when Britain leaves the EU.

During their meeting at Downing Street in London on Wednesdy, PM Orbán said the two leaders had agreed that the issue of workers’ rights must be settled on the basis of the principle of reciprocity. This means that if there is no curtailment of the rights acquired by British citizens residing in Europe, the position of the British government is that naturally neither can there be curtailment of the rights of EU nationals working in Britain.

PM Orbán stated that this was an important outcome of his meeting with the British prime minister. He added that there are some 150,000 Hungarian citizens earning a living through jobs linked to Britain – either working in Britain, or as the employees of British-owned businesses operating in Hungary.

“They have interests which we must protect. So it is in our interest that the trade aspect of British-Hungarian relations should continue to be open and free in the future," the prime minister said.