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2017.02.22 10:46

Brexit minister in Vilnius

Algirdas Acus 2017.02.22 10:46

Brexit minister David Davis after meeting Lithuanian government on Tuesday in Vilnius told the media that reports claiming Britain considers diverting aid from Africa towards the Baltics in exchange for a better Brexit deal are nonsense.

‘I didn’t recognize the story at all. It was nonsense. I am afraid you will have to forget that’, David Davis said to LRT after meeting Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and other governmental officials.
 

Britain’s secretary in charge of the country's exit from the EU also said he expected a generous agreement from the community in connection to post-Brexit rights of EU citizens.
 

According to Davis, efforts have been made in the past to discuss post-Brexit rights for migrants, however, representatives of some EU nations rejected the conversations, saying that the United Kingdom had not yet officially initiated the Brexit process.
 

‘As soon as that notification is in, in March some time, we will want to come back to that issue and resolve it quickly, so the people don’t have to be anxious, because this is what it is really about’, said Davis.
 

According to data available to the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, about 200,000 Lithuanians reside in the United Kingdom.
 

Lithuanian Prime Minister was optimistic that Brexit process will run smoothly.
 

‘Because many things are already harmonized unlike it was for example during free trade negotiations between EU and Canada, where the entire judicial base needed to be combined. So this mechanism is working today, after separation, main things should remain as they are now,’ said Saulius Skvernelis.

David Davis meeting Lithuanian PM Saulius Skvernelis
 

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

SAULIUS SKVERNELIS, Prime Minister of Lithuania:

(Reporter asks what was promised) I would not like to talk about any promises, so you should ask the minister himself.
 

Sound bite (English)

DAVID DAVIS, Secretary of State for Exiting the EU:

(Reporter asks about reports claiming British government is considering shifting aid from Africa towards the Baltics in exchange for a better Brexit deal) Forgive me laughing, I am not an Aid secretary, but I am the Brexit secretary, I would know about such a thing and I didn’t recognize the story at all. It was nonsense. I am afraid you will have to forget that.
 

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Sound bite (Lithuanian)

SAULIUS SKVERNELIS, Prime Minister of Lithuania:

The process will not be easy, but there is enough optimism regarding this process, because many things have already been harmonized, unlike it was, for example, during free trade negotiations between EU and Canada, where the entire judicial base needed to be combined. So this mechanism is working today, and after separation, main things should remain as they are now.
 

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Sound bite (English)

DAVID DAVIS, Secretary of State for Exiting the EU:

The last thing, I talk about it, because I was asked by the Prime Minister, is the whole issue of Lithuanian citizens in United Kingdom. And we want to see a generous arrangement in terms of their right to remain and their treatment, just as we want to see a generous arrangement for British citizens in European Union. We already have tried to have this resolved at the December council. We tried earlier than that, actually, but tried in December council. We did not succeed even though most countries were on our side, I think because, and I am guessing, I think because some felt that we didn’t start the negotiations before notification. As soon as that notification is in, in March some time, we will want to come back to that issue and resolve it quickly, even if it’s by exchanging letters, so the people don’t have to be anxious, because this is what it is really about.