Brexit through Hungarian experts’ eyes


A referendum was held on 23 June 2016 to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. Leave won by 52% to 48%.

Ferenc Pénzes, politologist and József Gáll, economist say that they were surprised by this decision. According to Ferenc Pénzes, average voters were not fully aware of the stake of the referendum. Now it is public that David Cameron resigns and however it will happen only in autumn, he does not want to negotiate. In these circumstances, negotiations could start in the middle/end of October.


Another option is that new parliamentary elections will be held and by the won of a EU supporter party, the whole Brexit could be undone. These are only theories, and for now it seems that the UK leaves the EU.


The question of the status of Hungarians and other citizens of the EU is an important one. József Gáll says: “circa 100-300 thousands of Hungarians are working in the United Kingdom. They will not be sent home until the end of the negotiations.” Highly qualified professionals, for example information technologists, do not have to be afraid of being expelled, although workers of the catering trade could not feel safe.




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