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At the meeting with the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson expressed his conviction that the UK’s exit from the EU would give experience to and be complicated for both sides, because nobody had left the Union before.

“The European Union is important for Estonia for several reasons, from the four fundamental freedoms to common values in understanding the affairs of the world,” Mihkelson said.

Mihkelson emphasised that he respected the decision the British people had made at the referendum last June, and assured that Estonia would like the negotiations to be friendly and respect the interests of both sides.

The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee stressed that the UK and Estonia were good cooperation partners in foreign and security policy, and the UK was also a very important trade partner for Estonia. He expressed hope that after Brexit, bilateral economic relations would be regulated by new agreements that would stimulate trade between the two countries even more.

Davies said at the meeting that the UK would remain a good partner to Estonia. He acknowledged Estonia for its readiness to start with the Presidency of the EU Council six months earlier than had been planned, and wished Estonia success.

Photos of the meeting: http://bit.ly/2lD3POk

Riigikogu Press Service
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