In case of hard Brexit - as favorable legal regulation with our strategically important partner as possible
On 13 February, participants of the Government's meeting endorsed the Foreign Ministry's code collection of national legislative measures that includes proposals by Ministries for legislation and other legal acts to be amended in Lithuania in the run-up to the UK’s possible withdrawal from the EU without an agreement.
“Until the new UK-EU legal framework comes into effect, the key task will be to maintain continuity and to minimize the negative impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU as much as possible. At the same time, it is necessary to pursue Lithuania’s strategic long-term interests. Cooperation with the UK is of particular importance for security policy and economy. Our countries also have close people-to-people contacts. We will aim to maintain all that,” said the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius.
In the submission to the Government on legislative work, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has proposed to follow general horizontal principles with regard to kicking in a transition period, when it would not conflict with EU law, until the end of 2020 or beyond, taking into account a possible extension of Brexit negotiations, or until the new UK-EU legal framework comes into effect; to seek to minimize the negqative impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU without an agreement on Lithuanian citizens and businesses, as well as on the UK’s citizens residing in Lithuania and businesses as much as possible; to create the most favorable conditions for the preservation of citizens' rights acquired before Brexit and to foresee favorable regulation for the UK’s citizens arriving in Lithuania after Brexit in order to equate the UK with member states of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA); to preserve the tax environment for businesses, to the extent possible, while maintaining the existing national legal framework and equating the UK with countries in the EU and EEA.
"We must ensure the continuity of rights acquired by Lithuanian citizens living in the UK in Lithuania in the areas of social security, health, education and science, without forgetting the favorable legal regulation for the UK citizens living in Lithuania," said the Foreign Vice-Minister.
The Foreign Ministry also proposed that Lithuania, within the limits of national competence and on its own initiative, should create more favorable conditions for the UK citizens and businesses, while seeking reciprocity with the UK, including on the basis of international treaties. The principle of reciprocity should apply to cases where the UK would create more favorable conditions for Lithuanian citizens and businesses.