He spoke to Hungarians in Hungarian and to his British compatriots in English. This is not the first time that Iain Lindsay spoke Hungarian. For example, he regularly reads out from Hungarian books and poems on the Day of Hungarian Culture.
He said in his message that they welcome Hungarians in the United Kingdom because they contribute a lot to the prosperity of the country and to making the scientific and cultural life more diverse and colourful, Szeretlek Magyarorszag reported. As we reported HERE, European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signed an agreement regarding the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union last Thursday, so the United Kingdom left the European Union on Friday at midnight with a Withdrawal Agreement. Lindsay stressed that leaving the EU does not mean that from now on, London is going to turn her back on Europe and Hungary.
“The friendship between the United Kingdom and Hungary has a century-long past. We would like to deepen, widen, and tighten this relationship with our Hungarian partners,” the British ambassador to Hungary added.
He said to the Hungarians living in the United Kingdom that, thanks to the preliminary negotiations, the legal framework of their life there is unchanged,
so their rights are guaranteed.
He emphasised that they welcome Hungarians even in the future because they provide added value to the British economy, science, culture, and the prosperity of the country. Moreover, one of their main targets is to tighten educational and cultural relationships between the United Kingdom and Hungary because their universities are the Hungarian students’ third most popular destination to continue their studies. He also said that there is a strong commercial and investment cooperation between the two countries. Finally, they have to tackle several common challenges in foreign or defence policy.
Lindsay nagykövet videóüzenete magyar állampolgárok számára
***Lindsay nagykövet videóüzenete magyar állampolgárok számára***Posted by UK in Hungary on Friday, January 31, 2020
Therefore, he said that Brexit does not mean a farewell but the beginning of a new common future.
“Let us grab the moment and let us work together on the deepening and widening of the British-Hungarian relationship,”
To his British compatriots living in the EU, Iain Lindsay said that, thanks to the Withdrawal Agreement, they would be able to live their lives broadly as they do now. He added that there is a transition period until the end of 2020, during which the rights of UK citizens in the EU will not change. Those UK citizens who are properly registered until the end of the transition period will be protected by the Withdrawal Agreement, which protects everybody to live, work, and study just like before Brexit.
Therefore, he advised each UK citizen to properly register with the Hungarian immigration authorities. In the coming months, everybody should sign up to ‘Living in Hungary’ on gov.uk and sign up for email alerts. Furthermore, they should follow the Embassy on social media (HERE).
Ambassador Lindsay’s video message to UK nationals
***Ambassador Lindsay’s video message to UK nationals***Living in Hungary Guide, and email alerts: http://bit.ly/2TmXALE The Hungarian government’s English language Brexit website: http://bit.ly/2ud4NqPPosted by UK in Hungary on Thursday, January 30, 2020