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Lajčák: “Great Britain remains close political, security and trade partner”

Lajčák: “Great Britain remains close political, security and trade partner”

3.3.2017 | Aktivity ministra |

The succession of steps planned by London in relation to its departure from the EU, as well as the minimization of negative impacts due to Brexit on EU citizens living and working in Great Britain – including citizens of the Slovak Republic – were tabled during the meeting of Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák and Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis today (3 March).

The British Brexit Secretary talked about the ideas and plans of the Government on the future arrangement of relations with the EU once Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has been triggered, which should happen by the end of this month.  Lajčák said it is expected that the talks on Great Britain leaving the EU will be constructive and pragmatic and will readily lead to agreement, and that the rights of EU citizens will remain guaranteed in Great Britain.

“We think that the talks should be exclusively held between the EU and Great Britain, not individually between London and individual states.  We are interested in preserving the unity of the EU. After you have left the EU, our mutual relations will naturally have a different basis; however, Great Britain will remain one of our closest political, security and trade partners,” said Lajčák, adding that even after Great Britain has left the EU we remain allies and neighbors sharing one geopolitical, security and economic area. So it is our common interest to further help prosperity and security of Europe.