Certainty for companies and citizens, key for Brexit talks, President says

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By Stelios Orphanides

President Nicos Anastasiades said that maintaining legal certainty for both European citizens and companies in the divorce negotiations with the UK is of foremost importance.

Anastasiades, who was addressing an event in Nicosia on Thursday, said that he considers particularly important that the other 27 European Union member states “have maintained their unity and proceed based on the agreed negotiation’s principles”.

The intention of Cyprus, considered one of the countries most exposed to Brexit, “is to cooperate seamlessly with all our partners so that the future relationship with the UK secures in the best possible way our common interest, via close and good relations with Britain after it leaves the union,” Anastasiades said according to a transcript of his speech forwarded by the Press and Information Office.

The UK is the largest source of visitors for Cyprus’s hospitality industry, which accounts directly or indirectly for about a quarter of the economy, which exited in 2015 a prolonged recession. In July last year, the month after British voters decided to leave the EU, Moody’s Investors Service said that Cyprus was also exposed to Brexit because of its corporate and financial links to the UK.

The negotiations, which have not achieved a breakthrough so far as significant differences remain concerning the amount the UK will have to pay when it leaves, “require a constructive and creative spirit to resolve important issues such as the UK’s financial obligations and the rights of our citizens, and to be subsequently able to negotiate our future relationship,” the Cypriot president said.

Progress in the divorce bill negotiation will allow the discussion of the UK’s future relation to the EU.

Cyprus, he continued, is in favour of a close and strengthened future relation and multilevel cooperation in key areas, including security, justice, trade and economy.

“We look forward to a just and holistic settlement of the issue related to our citizens’ rights to secure that their privileges will not be negatively affected,” he added. “The Republic of Cyprus’s negotiations with the British government about the status of the British bases and the Cypriots residing within them, in Britain and Britons leaving in Cyprus will be part of an intergovernmental dialogue between the UK and Cyprus”.

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Stelios Orphanides is a journalist at CyprusBusinessMail.com. To contact Stelios Orphanides: [email protected]

  • Alexander Reuterswärd

    Interesting, news in Sweden today also holds the importance of maintaining a strong relationship with the UK after Brexit to help Swedish businesses .

  • Monica

    Well …. Sticking with the other intransigent 26, to oppose trade talks with the UK …. is not the way to go !
    The UK is getting nearer to just walking out !
    It will then be a case of ‘just put up or shut up’ … but that will be too late !

  • Philippos

    Oh really! Cyprus will do what the EU Says it will do on this issue. The scope for a EU Member State by Member State “arrangement” will be very limited, I think and “The Brits” better think on that PDQ especially since their Government really does not have a clue about what they are doing on Brexit or what it all really means, “Expats” are going to be left on their little ownsomes and it will be every man for himself. My suggestion to Brits is to do what they can to secure their position in Cyprus NOW, under present EU Provisions, like MEU3, if eligible and,if they want to increase their chances to stay within any EU / GB Deal for RESIDENCE as opposed to “Residents”

    • Neroli

      The residence permit is the yellow slip is it not?

      • Philippos

        NO! The Yellow Slip is MEU1, it is simply “Registration” that you are an EU Member State National living in another EU Member State, ie You are telling Cyprus that you are an EU Person from somewhere else staying in CY for more that 90 days, because you are “Allowed” to be here. Once out of the EU, that “Allow” goes away. Someone arriving the day after Brexit couldn’t make an an MEU1 application. A Certificate of Permanent Residence (NOT “Resident”) (MEU3) can be applied for after five years of “Registration”. My point has been about Ambiguity when you hear politicians speak on both sides. When they say “Resident” in referring to EU Member State Citizens (in UK) and Brits in EU – JUST EXACTLY WHAT DO THEY MEAN, Holders of MEU3?, because the only “Certification” of Residence is in MEU 3. For me, if I was a Brit and I had been here for five years or more and wanted to stay and wanted to give myself the best chance of “No Change”, I should go out and get an MEU 3. That’s just a personal view, of course you can do what you want or what you think is right, or do nothing, but time is running. What if CY offered all MEU 3 Holders a Cypriot Passport, or a fast track to such and you had been here ten years but never bothered to apply for an MEU 3 and now out of the EU, you could not now apply (For Example)

        • Evergreen

          Correct.

        • peemdubya

          The MEU3 is for Citizenship, surely? That is the one with the 5year timeline, although I have heard that it can take upwards of 3 further years to achieve and many thousands of Euros as “fees”. Any update on this would be most welcome, as our 5year timeline is next April and that is the next step on our agenda for ongoing life in Cyprus.

          • Kittyliz

            The MEU3 s not for citizenship-it is simply a certificate of permanent residency. To have Citizenship one can apply if certain criteria are met. I suggest you look at the Cyprus Government’s website.

          • Philippos

            The Two guys below are correct. To complete the answer to your question, the cost is EUR 20 pp if you start from the “Brown Book” (AKA “Pink slip”) or EUR 80 pp if you start from MEU1 in making your MEU 3. It is a Certificate of PERMANENT Residence and you MAY apply after five years qualifying residence in CY. It takes about a year to process. I believe two things: First, most awake people who are Brits and want to stay in CY “on “present” terms” should make an MEU 3 Application before the end of this year, if they have been registered under MEU1 or the “Aliens Registration System’ (Brown Book) for at least five years. It is an onerous paperwork process, but..and here’s my Second Point, it covers quite a lot of what you have to provide if you were making a Citizenship Application, so, when I hear Theresa May “offer” EU Nationals UK Citizenship after Five years, I am inclined to think that if you have a valid MEU3 Certificate, it might prove to be very much more straight forward for the CY Government to do likewise for all MEU 3 Holders because, quite a lot of the paperwork would already have been processed, you would have your “5 Years” already proven and the whole process would be much easier and less of a burden to give such people Citizenship, and it should be at a reduced fee accordingly. Now I don’t know for sure that this is how it might be, but it would seem intelligent if the CY Government wants Brits to stay here. I know I do!! well some of you anyway 🙂

          • Philippos

            I should add that starting the MEU 3 Process with an MEU1 is your entitlement as another EU Member State Citizen, that is to say that if all your papers are correct your application cannot be refused for processing. If you start from the “Brown Book”, for some reason the Fee is less, I have not worked that one out yet, but the Immigration Department only has “Discretion” to accept such an MEU 3 Application for processing, so be nice when you go to the office! Remember our Immigration Dept Officers have a lot of ugly customers to deal with daily, don’t become one of them or you won’t get anywhere fast!

    • Monica

      As most are Ex-pat pensioners (with British passports and pensions from the UK), we have the option of going home …. and taking our money with us !

      • Philippos

        …and your caravans?..many will have property to sell and if all at once, we shall feed again 🙂

        • Monica

          No caravans … To property we still own in the UK. 😉

          • Alexander Reuterswärd

            The Spanish interior ministry has promised all English expats that nothing will change for them, Spain is your next destination 🙂

          • Monica

            No thanks !

          • Banjo

            British ex pats make up about 10% of the permanent population of Cyprus so it seems unlikely they will be removed …. if we do I might take up your suggestion.

            I saw a TV show recently about the caravan ( since they’ve been mentioned) parks around Benidorm. I found myself strangely drawn to such a thing.

          • Alexander Reuterswärd

            There is 5 huge caravan parks around benidorm, not sure what it would be like to live in one of them. Look at albir, sierra cortina, la nucia aa great areas to live in the proximity of benidorm but much more comfortable than a caravan park 🙂

          • Banjo

            I’ve always had a love of caravans , from childhood holidays . I bought one myself in Kent several years ago , it’s the atmosphere and lifestyle that appeals to me.
            I’ve been to most of Spains costal resorts and Benidorm three times , although I liked Nerja very much also.

          • Philippos

            They will do what the EU tells them to do. Spain, Cyprus, etc are NOT negotiating directly with you British

          • Alexander Reuterswärd

            the countries in the european union has the rights to give people from the UK residency no matter what the EU says, they also have the right to make healthcare etc free for these people.

            The countries will not be able to negotiate trade for example, but that is another story.

      • Banjo

        I do hope not Monica.

        I’m not yet retired ( quite a long way off officially) and only spend half the year in Lovely Cyprus. I couldn’t face being permanently in the UK. I’d take Alexander’s suggestion.

    • Banjo

      Isn’t it the purpose of the EU to do as it’s voting member states says.

  • Banjo

    None of the EU 27 , including Cyprus should allow the EU to damage their economies by failing to agree a deal with the U.K.

    We are constantly told that it is the members that vote and decide what action the EU takes , if that’s really the case then we shouldn’t notice much of a difference at all after Brexit.