Boris Johnson: "We would be crazy" to let Romanians in UK go back to Romania

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The Romanians in the United Kingdom should not be worried at all in connection with their situation after Brexit, because "they are hugely valued members of our society" and "we would be crazy to let them go back to Romania," and after leaving the EU, the United Kingdom will remain open to "the people of talent, ambition, drive," but it will control its own emigration system, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson, currently on a brief visit to Bucharest, told a Tuesday's exclusive interview to AGERPRES.

The Romanians in the UK should not be worried as "they are hugely valued members of our society, we love them. They make a massive contribution to the UK, to the UK economy, to the British culture", said the chief British diplomat, answering a question on how worried the Romanians living and working in the UK should be after Brexit.

"I used to be Mayor of London. You walk around London, there's lots of Romanian shops, Romanian people doing all sorts of things... in every job in society. I think, we think there could be as many as half million, five hundred thousand Romanians in the UK. So, we would be crazy to let them go back to Romania. We want to keep them, we want to ensure they feel secure and their rights protected," Boris Johnson said.

"I haven't been to Romania for years and years, but I'm so pleased to be here. I'm here because we wanted to come straight from the Prime Minister [Theresa May]'s Florence speech to explain what she wants to do. And after Brexit we want to protect the rights of the Romanians in the UK, to secure those rights, and to make sure that they are guaranteed by the UK courts, but those courts will also be able to have regard to the jurisprudence, to the law of the European Court of Justice. So our objective is to make sure that Romanian citizens in the UK feel secure," added Johnson in the interview.

Boris Johnson went on adding that Great Britain would not close after Brexit for "people of talent, ambition and drive," but it will control its emigration system, not Brussels.

"I used to be in charge of the most diverse city on Earth. I think we had 300 languages spoken on the streets of London, including Romanian, obviously. And that was a massive economic advantage, and it led to innovation, dynamic start-up industries all over the place, in tech, or media, fashion, you name it. And that's what the UK economy is all about. So we're not gonna close. If people of talent, ambition, drive want to come, we will continue to be open. But we will have a system where we control it, not Brussels. That's the difference, so we will be in charge of our emigration system," the British diplomacy's head stressed.

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson on Monday had a meeting with his Romanian counterpart Teodor Melescanu, in the context of a short tour he is paying these days to Prague, Bucharest and Bratislava, following Friday's speech in Florence delivered by UK Premier Theresa May on Brexit.AGERPRES(RO — author: Ionut Mares, editor: Irina Cristea; EN — authors: Maria Voican, Adina Panaitescu, editor: Bogdan Gabaroi; online editor: Maria Voican)

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