European citizens’ rights in the UK and, conversely, Brits’ rights living in the EU, will be one of the first priorities of Brexit negotiations, so that certainty could be achieved as quickly as possible, the UK ambassador to Luxembourg has said.
The UK was still an open and outward looking country despite its vote to leave the EU, John Marshall said on Monday.
Brexit was of course on top of the agenda, followed by the special relationship with the US, the role within Nato, and Britain’s efforts to fight modern slavery.
The ambassador defended his government’s strategy to delay the triggering of Article 50 and to reassure people that even though the Notification of Withdrawal from the EU Bill was still debated in the House of Commons, the process would be launched at the set date of 9 March.
He also stressed the UK’s role in defence and security and said continued cooperation with European partners would continue.
Marshall ended his speech with the reassertion that the eradication of modern slavery was still a subject that Theresa May was pushing at the international level.