AN EU leader has said that he is “grateful” for Britain’s contribution in World War 2, and claiming it is one of the reasons Britain needs to remain close to the bloc after
Brexit. European Union chief Tono López-Istúriz, was speaking to a British expat who voiced her concerns that her rights may be damaged as a consequence of Brexit.
The Spanish MEP was speaking directly to Pam, who wrote to the European People’s Party, the largest political group in European Parliament and promised to fight for UK
citizens living in Spain. The European chief thanked the UK for its role in World War 2 and said the effort made by British people was one of the reasons why the UK should stay close to the EU after Brexit. He said: “Hello Pam, thank you for addressing your
question to our EU citizens initiative in the EPP. I learnt from your question that you were born at the beginning of the second world war. “I want to tell you because of that, us Europeans, me especially coming from Spain, we are so grateful and we do remember and thanks to the United Kingdom and the British people we are free in
Europe. “This is the first thing we need to take into account with what is going on today and we have to be respectful with that past.” Mr López-Istúriz vowed to protect British citizens living in the European Union and in Spain. He said: “You’re
living in Spain and as you say, you are afraid of what are going to be the consequences of Brexit. “I am telling you, Brexit was not something that we asked for but there was a referendum and British citizens voted for that. We have to be
respectful with that decision. “Now with the negotiations, with what we want is that best possible outcome may be for you the British citizens and for the European citizens. We have to take into account for the first time, not only for the negotiations but along whatever it takes, weeks, months, I hope not years, to have this overcome. That means citizens comes first and then comes the rest. “First is citizens, your concerns. What you are suffering now because of Brexit that is what we have to work on. Also the problems of the European citizens and the Spanish citizens living in Britain. This should be and has to be our first priority.” The UK has said that it is close to agreeing on a deal with the European Union over the issue of citizens rights, one of the top three issues being discussed in divorce talks. Brexit negotiations are moving at a slow pace, and after the sixth round of talks concluded on Friday, Michel Barnier said that the deadlock is “a serious business” The Frenchman accepted that negotiations were “making some progress”, but adding the talks “need to go further”. The Brexit Secretary, David Davis said it was time for the European Union and the United Kingdom to both show some flexibility, imagination and willingness” to deal with the deadlock in talks.