The diplomatic mission of the European Union in the UK began its work on February 1 – the day the kingdom left the community. This is stated in a widespread statement by the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell.
“The EU diplomatic mission will now be ensured by the EU delegation under my leadership as the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The work begins today,” it says.
He recalled that the Portuguese diplomat Juan Valais de Almeida was appointed head of the delegation. “In addition to the traditional duties of an EU delegation in a third country, such as EU diplomatic representation, EU coordination and reporting and EU promotion in the host country, it will play a key role in ensuring the implementation of the agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, “Borrell explained.
Borrell once again emphasized that the EU regrets the decision of London to leave the community. “Although we regret the decision of the United Kingdom to leave our union, we fully respect this choice and are ready to move forward,” he said. “The United Kingdom will remain a key partner of the European Union.”
According to him, the economic, social and political relations between the EU and the United Kingdom will not stop. “We are closely connected. We want to build a new ambitious partnership in the fields of trade and economic cooperation, law enforcement and criminal justice, foreign policy, security and defense. I hope for very close cooperation with our British friends in solving our common problems at the regional and global levels “he concluded.
Great Britain left the EU on the night of February 1. From this moment until December 31, 2020, the transition period will continue. It has been specifically agreed to avoid the shocks that Brexit can cause. For 11 months, the kingdom and the 27 remaining countries in the EU will continue to interact as if there was no Brexit. During this time, the parties intend to agree on all conditions for future coexistence and interaction, primarily to try to conclude a free trade agreement.
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