9 February 2017 Rõivas: Estonia is interested in close relationship between Great Britain and the EU

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Foto from Riigikogu

Today, Vice-President of the Riigikogu Taavi Rõivas met with Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis, Minister of State for Exiting the European Union David Jones and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Lord Bridges of Headley in London.

At the meetings, Rõivas emphasised the importance of continuing the cooperation between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Brexit. “We share common values and interests. Great Britain continues to be an important partner for the EU and Estonia in political, economic and security issues. The UK is also the country leading the policy of strengthening NATO’s eastern flank, which was agreed upon last summer,” Rõivas said.

“For Estonia it is important that the exit negotiations are smooth, and that the pitch of the whole process would be tuned to the right key from the very beginning. This lays the foundation for cooperation and trust, and Estonia as the president of the EU Council has a great responsibility here. The results of the voting on the Bill authorising Brexit in the House of Commons yesterday show that Prime Minister May’s plan to start exit negotiations in March is realistic,” Rõivas added.

At the referendum in June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Altogether 33.6 million people, or 72 percent of the voters, participated in the referendum.

Krishan Chand

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