Saturday, 12 November 2016


After Brexit

One tiny little question arising from Brexit – tiny that is in the great scheme of things but of great potential significanceto everyone directly involved – the situation of conductors from Hungary and other EU countries who already work, or might wish to work in the United Kingdom in future years,

Here is what sounds like a firm assurance, from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (via Reuters) –
Hungarian immigrants who already work in Britain will not see a deterioration in their situation after Britain leaves the European Union, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told state radio on Friday.
Orban, who met British Prime Minister Theresa May in London earlier this week, said he and May had agreed on the issue, which is critical for around 95,000 Hungarians already working in the United Kingdom.
Unofficial estimates put this figure much higher.
'We had agreed that the situation of Hungarians already working in the UK today cannot worsen in the future, as long as the situation of Brits working in Hungary won't deteriorate either,' Orbán said in an interview on Kossuth radio.
'The debate will be about whether those, who would want to move to the UK in the future, will be able to go there or not.'

Immediate implications

When reading the above political statement do take account of where it comes from and its context. At the moment this can be no more that speculation. This is not to say that there is no real problem her, for possibly a whole range of people in the United Kingdom, Hungary and even elsewhere in the world.

The simplest worse-case prediction at this point is that after Brexit Hungarian workers, and conductors of other EU nationalities too, will be in the same position with respect to UK immigration and employment law as workers from other non-EU countries (in the absence of any future special deal).

In the meantime present and would-be conductors in the United Kingdom and those who consider employing them after Brexit have nothing but speculation to help decide how this could affect their future – certainly nothing that they could take to the bank. For example, conductors thinking about a personal future in the UK, and having some choice about when to make their move, might consider acting earlier rather than later. And organisations whose activities depend upon the work of conductors from Hungary and other EU countries might consider asking their accountants whether this is a factor that should be prudently considered a risk-factor or 'sensitivity' in their financial reporting, as I am sure prudent providers and employers in other sectors are doing already...

Not forgetting of course the reciprocal question of British conductors working in the EU.

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Blogger Unknown said...

I DON't think there will be a serious change in employing conductors. I worked in England BEFORE Hungary joined the EU, conductors always got the permit easily, I can not imagine they would not let conductors in the country after the Brexit when they are needed. So there is no serious rush in this subject.

Saturday, 12 November 2016 at 21:25:00 GMT  

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