What do Slovaks living in Britain think of Brexit?

Slovak women are considering their return. Students are fearless.

Flags tied to railings outside Parliament are reflected on a wet pavement in London, January 24, 2019.Flags tied to railings outside Parliament are reflected on a wet pavement in London, January 24, 2019.(Source: AP/TASR)

Slovaks living and studying in the United Kingdom do not know what will happen after Brexit. They are not worried about the current situation, but many want to return to Slovakia, the TASR newswire reported.

One of them is Slovak Dominika Koštialiková. She has been living in London since 2013. After the referendum on Brexit was held, the situation was uncertain and worrying, she said.

"It was a period of huge stress connected mainly with the question of migration, which had an impact on the referendum outcome to a large degree," Koštialiková said, as quoted by TASR.

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The situation has calmed since the British government presented its plan regarding the rights of EU citizens, but Koštialiková had felt like an unwelcome guest in Britain before, she claimed.

"I have been a resident in the country for five years now, which is a required length of residence not to be 'moved out' by Brits," she said.

However, Koštialiková is planning to stay in the UK two more years and return home or settle in another EU country.

Women are more worried

Andrea has worked as an accountant in London for the last 18 years. She first moved to the UK to study.

"As the situation changes in the last couple of months, I am considering returning home," she claimed, as quoted by TASR.

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She is not the only one. Slovaks will be worse-off in the UK, claimed Martina. She works in London's banking sector but would like to come back to Slovakia.

"It seems like it will not happen," Slovak Mária Solárová opined about Brexit, as quoted by TASR.

Students hope for the best

Adam and Michal are both informatics students at Imperial College in London. Neither of them is worried about the Brexit.

"It looks like the English government and our university are trying to keep us here because international students comprise quite a large intellectual part," claimed Michal.

English people will not do the work that "immigrants" do, opined Jaroslav Rezničák.

"The UK cannot afford sending thousands of people away from the country because there will be nobody to work on their economy," he concluded, as reported by TASR.

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