Icelandic citizens in the United Kingdom and citizens of the United Kingdom residing in Iceland will keep all of their rights after UK's exit from the European Union, RÚV reports. An agreement was reached today between Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland, and Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, met today in Oslo.
The 70th meeting of the Nordic Council is currently taking place in Oslo, and Theresa May was invited to take part in the session. In light of the United Kingdom's proposed exit from the European Union in March of next year, the two prime ministers discussed the rights of Icelanders living in the United Kingdom and vice versa.
"We have received many inquiries about this matter in light of the changed circumstances which lie ahead. It is a cause for celebration that a clear will was in place on behalf of both parties to ensure that these rights remain unchanged. The states will now prepare a declaration stating that it is ensured that the rights will remain unchanged. The agreement is in the bag after the meeting which is very pleasing", Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir stated in an interview with RÚV, the National Broadcasting Service.
The discussion was not all serious, however, as the two leaders found time to discuss Nordic Noir crime series. "We managed to briefly discuss Nordic noir books, where I could inform her that I visited a Nordic Noir festival in the Shetlands, and it wound up with me promising to send her an Icelandic crime novel. I have to keep that promise", Katrín said light-heartedly.
Katrín Jakobsdóttir became Prime Minister of Iceland in 2017 and is the second female prime minister after Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir. Katrín holds a master's degree in Icelandic Literature from the University of Iceland, writing her thesis about Icelandic crime fiction.