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Visegrad Four countries continue to demand full rights for their citizens in Britain, EU or no EU.19 September 2016
The mood among European Union leaders was generally calm after their summit on Friday, the first since the United Kingdom voted to leave the union.
“V4 countries will be uncompromising,” he told Reuters in quotes carried by the Independent.
“Unless we feel a guarantee that [V4 citizens in Britain] are equal, we will veto any agreement between the EU and Britain. … I think Britain knows this is an issue for us where there's no room for compromise.”
The Visegrad group also includes the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland, and together and separately they have proved major irritants to EU bureaucracy, especially on the issue of migration into and within the bloc.
They want to drastically cut the numbers of especially Muslim migrants and refugees while protecting the rights of their citizens living and working in the UK.
He was even more forthright in an interview with the Financial Times, saying Europe will make Brexit “very painful” and, “It will be very difficult for the UK, very difficult.”
Fico “gave voice to the truculent mood in eastern Europe over Britain’s post-Brexit privileges, saying Britain would not be allowed to make EU workers ‘second class citizens’ while continuing to enjoy the benefits of Europe’s single market,” the FT writes.
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