Poles consulted in UK ahead of Brexit
PR dla Zagranicy
British government representatives met members of the Polish diaspora in London on Thursday as part of consultations ahead of the UK's divorce from the European Union.
Westminster wants a dialogue with Poles, of whom there are about a million living in the UK, to address their concerns about their futures in the UK after Brexit.
The future residency procedures and racially-motivated hate crime were discussed in the five-hour meeting.
Alan Duncan, the UK's deputy foreign minister in charge of European affairs said that one of the first things British Prime Minister Theresa May did after Brexit negotiations kicked off was assure that the rights of European Union nationals living in the UK would be secure.
Duncan said he wanted those at the meeting to pass on to other members of the Polish diaspora that their contribution to the UK was valued, naming specifically their engagement in construction, business and public healthcare.
Two more such meetings are expected in autumn, one in Birmingham and another in Edinburgh. (vb)