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|Summary:||EU nationals in UK still worried about Brexit|
|Date:||05/03/2017 02:03 PM|
|People:||Theresa May , Michel Barnier|
European Union nationals living in the United Kingdom remained worried on Wednesday despite the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator saying their status remained a key issue in the ongoing Brexit negotiations.
Michel Barnier said on Wednesday morning that one of the key issues he plans to tackle in the coming months is the future of millions of citizens affected by the UK's decision to leave the EU.
Elmar Stracke, a German national studying at the London School of Economics, told The Associated Press that Barnier's comments were "very reassuring", before adding there is "still a high level of uncertainty".
Italian national Jan Mazza, who is also studying at LSE, said he has put off applying for jobs and PhD programmes in the UK as a result of Brexit.
It's the first time a member has ever left the EU, so these negotiations are taking the Europeans into uncharted waters.
The process is unprecedented and complicated, and combined with fresh delays caused by snap elections in Britain, has ratcheted tensions between Prime Minister Theresa May's government and the 27 nations that will remain in the EU.
Savvas Tsotsos from Greece has lived in the UK since 1992. He is currently the manager of Bar Polski in London's Holborn district, which caters for many EU nationals living in the British capital.
He said Barnier's comments are "a good start" but don't make him feel any more secure.
London - 3 May, 2017
1. Students eating lunch outside London School of Economics
2. LSE Library exterior
3. Close of LSE sign
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Elmar Stracke, German national living in UK, student at London School of Economics:
"I mean it's a grey zone, we don't have a precedent case for this. We don't know what's going to happen. It's good to know and it's very reassuring, yes, they (the EU) are going to fight for our rights but there is still a high level of uncertainty and so in this sense it's a bit reassuring but it's still a very worrisome situation."
5. Cutaway of students
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Mazza, Italian national living in UK, student at London School of Economics:
"Well I think it's partially reassuring, it's something I really care about especially in terms of personal priorities. It's something I was thinking about because when planning my future I was a bit sceptical, I still did not apply for many jobs or PhD programmes in the UK because I didn't know what was going to happen. I still don't know, we still don't know, but I think it's quite important to know that policymakers are taking into account this issue and they are giving priority to it because there are so many people working or studying in the UK, and also British nationals in Europe that it's really a priority for all of us and also for the UK itself I think."
7. A student eating lunch
8. Various of Bar Polski in London's Holborn district
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Savvas Tsotsos, Greek national living in UK, manager of Bar Polski in Holborn area of London:
"I think it's a good start but it doesn't make me feel more secure. I was feeling quite worried at the beginning after the referendum and I still feel very worried about what's going to happen to us. We have all been here, I mean many of us have been here for lots of years, we've got families here, we've got people we love here, we've got our jobs and our careers, and it doesn't make me feel any better still, so I'm still very worried about what's going to happen."
10. Tsotsos behind bar