Cypriots could see no status change in Brexit arrangements
A special clause could be included for Cypriots studying or working in the UK following new arrangements with the EU in light of the country’s exit from the union, Sigma TV has learnt on Thursday.
Sigma learnt from trustworthy diplomatic sources that although no official mention has been made about the island’s residents as of yet, the outlook for Cyprus is positive ahead of the proposal Prime Minister Theresa May will make on Friday.
Specifically, the island’s membership to the Commonwealth could benefit citizens of Cyprus planning to study or already working in the UK.
UNIVERSITIES WILL DECIDED ON STUDENTS
For students, Sigma learnt, it is up to universities to decide the fees that Cypriots will pay, as universities are privately owned organisations. The decision will be made based on the amount of enrolment losses that could arise due to competition with universities in the United States.
According to Sigma’s information, the UK is planning to “play the card” of the Commonwealth, as it relates to the fees Cypriot students will pay following a Brexit. Student loans that Cypriots benefit from now as EU citizens will also see no change after the UK exits the union.
CYPRIOTS WORKERS IMPORTANT UK
Cypriot workers in the UK, Sigma learnt, are being eyed by the EU as a negotiation factor regarding the Brexit, due to the fact that the majority of Cypriots working in the UK are in high-ranking professions, including the fields of medicine, law, and science, which makes them an important part of Britain’s economy and society.
STATUS OF BASES WILL REMAIN THE SAME
The status of employees and residents working and living on the Sovereign British Bases in Cyprus, in both Akrotiri and Dhekelia, will also remain unchanged following a Brexit, Sigma also learnt.
TOURISM AND UPCOMING “DIVORCE”
In regards to tourism, according to Sigma’s information, the law that will be applied to all other EU member states will also be applied to Cyprus, unless there are bilateral arrangements, which will be agreed after the UK-EU “divorce”.
During negotiations between the EU and the UK, Cypriot officials are set to be included in teams working on the “divorce” in certain circumstances, Sigma’s sources said.