The United Kingdom is a key ally of Hungary. We regret the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, however we do respect the democratic decision taken by the British people at the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016. Throughout the Brexit negotiations Hungary’s chief priority has always been to guarantee that our citizens will not suffer any impairment of their acquired rights as a consequence of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union. We therefore welcome the UK Government’s commitment to guarantee the acquired rights of EU nationals, including Hungarians, working and studying in the United Kingdom in the event of a no-deal Brexit as well.

The Government of Hungary truly values the thousands of UK nationals who have chosen to settle down and live in Hungary. Their contribution to Hungary’s economic, social and cultural prosperity is well known. It is our Government’s priority to encourage UK citizens to continue with their lives in Hungary, regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU with or without an agreement.

We are committed to guaranteeing the rights of UK nationals living in Hungary on the basis of reciprocity. Therefore, the Government of Hungary has prepared and submitted a comprehensive legislative proposal to the Parliament of Hungary, which provides for the amendment of various Hungarian laws in the event of a no deal. The intention of the proposed legislation is to guarantee the acquired rights of British citizens living in Hungary in the event of a no deal as well.

Following the UK’s departure, Hungary will support thorough and wide-ranging agreements between the European Union and the United Kingdom in the areas of trade, economy, transport, common security and defence policy. Such an ambitious cooperation would preserve Europe’s economic competitiveness as well as its internal security.

The United Kingdom is Hungary’s 11th most important trade partner, with bilateral trade flow exceeding 5 billion euros in 2017 and over 800 British companies providing jobs to some 50 thousand people in Hungary (the UK is the 4th biggest employer in Hungary). It is our intention to maintain the existing strong economic ties between our countries and work together with the UK Government to explore the possibilities of further strengthening our partnership in the field of bilateral trade and investments.

As a token of strengthening our bilateral relations, the Government of Hungary has recently opened a General Consulate in Manchester and a Consulate in Edinburgh. The new foreign representations will primarily serve to protect the rights and interests of Hungarian citizens living and working in, and visiting the United Kingdom. Furthermore, Hungary and the United Kingdom are currently working on a bilateral strategy to achieve a stronger, broader, deeper bilateral relationship building on shared values and shared objectives, delivering for both Hungary and the UK. The bilateral strategy will centre on three broad themes: trade, security and foreign policy, and education and society.