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Surely EU law overrides any treaty with UK

Alper Ali Riza muses that a bilateral arrangement could be brokered between a UK that has left the EU and Cyprus so as to, inter alia, preserve UK citizens’ rights of residence and employment in Cyprus. A nice thought. I wonder if it would make a difference? Surely EU law will override any other treaty that Cyprus enters for as long as the latter remains an EU member.

As such, an employer wishing to employ a UK citizen in Cyprus under this arrangement would still be obliged to demonstrate that no EU citizen is available to fill the post, an unlikely scenario in the vast majority of cases. In the case of people with exceptionally rare but necessary skills that are hard to find in the EU, such people would presumably be able to get work permits anyway.

Tim Drayton, Limassol

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