Brexit Update

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EU leaders have agreed on a set of negotiations for Brexit talks with the United Kingdom.

On Saturday the 29th of April EU leaders gathered to discuss a set of negotiation for the upcoming talks with the UK regarding its exit from the European Union. 

Theresa May UK Prime Minister, who was not present, will meet with the 27 EU leaders after the UK General election on the 8th of June.

President Donald Tusk of the European Council tweeted after discussion that a “firm and fair political mandate for the Brexit talks is ready”.

This set of guidelines discussed will mainly revolve around the agreement and set out of rights for EU citizens living in the United Kingdom and Britons who live in the EU.

First Year Journalism Student, Fama Fall said that she was “obviously concerned” but “that there [are] two years left till the UK leaves the EU, and before then there may even be a Scottish Referendum.”

Fama also said that she believes that Theresa May would not get her trade deal ‘until EU citizens’ rights are assured.”

Principal and Vice chancellor of RGU, Ferdinand von Prondzynski made a statement last June to reassure EU students currently studying at the University.

In his statement he stated that RGU were “determined to ensure that students are not affected by any of the consequences of the vote.”

Negotiations will also take place to agree on a settlement for the UK’s financial obligation as an EU member state and in an aim to avoid a strict border forming between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

After discussing these settlements, future agreements about the UK’s future after Brexit, and its relationship with the EU, will then be discussed.

With the 27 countries sticking together, it will mean tougher conditions for the UK to meet, although as expected each leader has their priorities and main concerns.

In particularly, Poland remain concerned about their citizens in the UK and their rights.

As well as talks on the future of EU citizens in the UK, the UK “divorce bill” from the European Union will also be discussed.

The UK having agreed to pay towards EU budgets until 2020, has caused outrage amongst UK politicians in claims that the UK must still pay despite Brexit.

This £51bn sum being duped the “divorce bill” can be expected to also headline the news on the run up to the General Election in June.

Mr Prondzynski of RGU also stated that students will not be expected to pay fees at any stage as the UK will remain in the EU for a few more years.

However, if there should be any change, RGU will cover the costs.

Sara Torre, a First Year Journalism Student said “I was worried at first when it came to economy and paying my student fees”

The University has made it clear that EU students will not have any problems when it comes to Brexit.”

Mr Prondzynski emphasized during and after Brexit, RGU will continue to be the international community and university that it is today.

 

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