Orbán vows to defend Hungarians’ rights in U.K.

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During Brexit talks, Hungary’s main aim is to ensure that the rights of Hungarians living and working in the United Kingdom are not hurt once the country has left the EU, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told reporters Wednesday after meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May, according to reports. Orbán added that May had agreed issues should be handled on the principle of reciprocity.

(Photo: MTI/Prime Ministerʼs press office)

If the rights of Britons living in Europe are not hurt, then the British governmentʼs position is that the rights of EU citizens in the U.K. should not be hurt either, Orbán said, according to Hungarian news agency MTI, a point which the Hungarian leader tagged as an important result of his meeting with May. 

Orbán recalled that approximately 150,000 Hungarian citizens earn their income by either working in Britain or being employed by British-owned companies in Hungary. “They have interests that we must protect, therefore we are interested in keeping the commercial aspect of British-Hungarian relations open and free in the future,” he said, according to MTI.

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