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Brexit and the Rights of EU Citizens

Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta hosted a Brexit Discussion panel yesterday at the Italian Embassy with an audience encompassing associations, members of the vast Italian community in the UK together with citizens, the press and UK government representatives.

The panel, comprising representatives from the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) and the Home Office and moderated by the Deputy Head of Mission, Minister Alessandro Motta, was preceded by opening remarks from the Italian Ambassador.

The UK Ambassador to Italy, Jill Morris briefly remarked on the status of EU citizens in the UK and underlined that her government is working tirelessly to avoid that Brexit hinders the robust bonds between Italy and the United Kingdom.

The final speaker, DeXeu Minister Suella Braverman MP, strongly emphasized the historical ties in many fields that have bound the two countries, including: academia, medical research, culture, tourism, financial and banking services, food & beverage, defence and security, to name a few. She added that the excellent present day bilateral relationship will not be in any way undermined by Brexit and that, “we value the important contribution of the Italian Community living and working in the UK”.

At the conclusion of the in-depth briefing and Q&A session with representatives from the above UK departments (Department for Exiting the European Union and the Home Office), Ambassador Trombetta, in his closing remarks, thanked all speakers for the informative meeting with the Italian Community. Furthermore, he highlighted the great importance of sharing information on Brexit, at every level, especially regarding the rights of EU citizens, and issues that affect their daily life.


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