I am a Romanian PhD student, teaching assistant & researcher. One of @theresa_may's praised "brightest and the best" whose "contributions are welcome".
This #TuesdayThoughts I want to share my story. Until I got to this point, I was in many ways an "undesirable migrant" ⬇️
My first experience in the UK was in 1997. My father got a temporary #NHS contract as there was a skill shortage. I attended the hospital's nursery for 7 months but my family chose to return to Romania. My mum was unemployed and my father had limited rights to work.
Meanwhile my parents got divorced. I attended a free school and skipped many classes in the last college years. Grew up mainly with "working class kids" sometimes doing dangerous things. But I achieved the highest grade in the Romanian Baccalaurate and this opened many doors.
Overall - and expected- a very positive tone from all parts, underlining the contribution Romanians make to the UK (this is really needed to balance the Mail & the Sun's coverage), and emphasizing the UK's commitment to #citizensrights.
However, the devil is in the detail.
To start with, Suella Fernandes references the #Florence speech and how EU citizens will continue to 'live their lives as before'.
- - 'Living their lives as before' is only logically possible if guaranteeing ALL existing rights.