President Dalia Grybauskaitė

Rights of European people must be defended in every country

2016-06-29

Wednesday, June 29, Brussels – President Dalia Grybauskaitė attended an informal meeting of 27 EU heads of state or government which focused on preparations for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU. European leaders also made a joint statement on the future of the EU.

The President emphasized that the United Kingdom, just like any other country, had to ensure that people living in its territory were protected against any racist attacks, violence and xenophobia. Fundamental human rights must be defended regardless of whether a country is a member of the European Union. UN and other international conventions apply to all.

During yesterday’s EU summit meeting, the British Prime Minister assured that violence against foreign nationals and incitement of hatred would not be tolerated.

In today’s joint statement by 27 EU member states, leaders have stressed that countries remain united and will further make a joint effort to increase the security and well-being of European people. EU heads of state or government will also seek to preserve a close partnership with the United Kingdom and ensure that a new agreement on the relationship with Britain is based on mutual rights and obligations.

The President underlined that the UK’s continued access to the EU’s single market was inseparable from four fundamental freedoms – free movement of persons, goods, services, and capital.

European leaders also agreed that negotiations with the United Kingdom would start only after it officially announced its intention to leave the EU. Both sides must prepare for that; however, these decisions must not be delayed. As long as the United Kingdom is a member of the Community, European Union law and all obligations associated with it apply to Britain.

27 EU heads of state or government will discuss how to deal with issues of importance to European people more effectively and to jointly build the future of the EU at a summit due to be held in Bratislava in September.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2016.06.29 16:04

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