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Klus and Ambassador of the United Kingdom Garth: Even after Brexit We Remain Close Partners

Klus and Ambassador of the United Kingdom Garth: Even after Brexit We Remain Close Partners

28.5.2020 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Martin Klus received the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Slovak Republic Andy Garth on Wednesday (27 May 2020). This was their first official meeting since Klus assumed the position of the State Secretary of the Diplomacy Ministry.

 

At the beginning of the meeting the two partners exchanged information about the epidemiological situation in their countries, as well as about the steps taken by the governments in relation to relaxing or imposing restrictions.

 

“As for the large community of our compatriots living in the United Kingdom, the well-functioning cooperation between the Slovak Republic and the United Kingdom during the corona crisis is extremely important. Our two countries also had an excellent cooperation during the recent repatriation of citizens,” stated Klus regarding the quality of the bilateral relations between the countries.

 

Ambassador Garth provided information about the obligatory home quarantine for anybody travelling to the United Kingdom after 8 June 2020. With this decision the British Government wants to limit the uncontrolled introduction of the new corona virus in the country after the numbers of new cases have gradually started to decrease.

 

The partners also delved into the developments in the talks on the future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom. So far the position of the two sides has been quite far apart, but the first positive step forward could be the decision of the British side to publish their drafts of potential agreements that so far have been shared only with the European Commission.

 

“We will not achieve a fair and ambitious business partnership without useless quotas and tariffs unless we have sufficient guarantees,” stated Klus in relation to the one of the most sensitive issues of the talks.  He also added that “it is of extreme importance that the agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU is duly implemented.”

 

The key moment in the talks will come on 1 July 2020 since until this date it is possible to decide about the single extension of the Brexit transitional period. At the same time at the end of June the meeting of the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel will take place, during which the progress achieved and the plan for further negotiations will be assessed.

 

“If both parties show a sufficient will to compromise, there is still a scope for achieving a fair agreement by the end of the year,” concluded Klus at the meeting.