“We greatly appreciate the work carried out up to now by Michel Barnier, who has made it possible to obtain excellent results while maintaining a strong cohesion among the 27 EU Member Countries. Italy believes that it is essential to unambiguously and tangibly protect the acquired rights of EU citizens in the UK and of British citizens in the EU, with a special attention for the more vulnerable categories such as, for example, those who must retrace their residence prior to accession and those who have problems with accessing online services.
In relation to London’s future relations with the EU, in addition to a sound partnership on the economic and security front, we hope that also the movement of people will be kept as open as possible. As for trade, we must design a broad-scope and ambitious free trade agreement without however compromising the integrity of the Single Market while, on the front of security, we believe it is advisable to maintain a close operational cooperation.”
The statement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, at the end of a meeting today in Brussels with the EU’s Chief Negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier.