On 10 July 2019 in London, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee at the British House of Commons, Thomas Tugendhat; the Chair of the Exiting the European Union Select Committee at the House of Commons, Hilary Benn; and the Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Sir Keir Starmer, for a discussion on the state of affairs with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and further cooperation between the two countries, and on current issues in foreign and security policy.
Edgars Rinkēvičs expressed support for an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. “The United Kingdom is an important partner to the European Union and Latvia. We would like to have a close relationship in the future; in addition, the significance of cooperation in regional Baltic and Nordic formats, including the Northern Future Forum, is only increasing,” said the Minister.
The Latvian Foreign Minister noted that the current EU-UK withdrawal agreement was the best solution, and it was not intended for reopening with a view to new negotiations between the EU Member States and the United Kingdom.
The Minister informed British officials that Latvia had adopted the laws necessary for the protection of British citizens after Brexit in the areas such as residence, social and health care, and education matters. The amendments would also apply if the EU and the United Kingdom did not agree on the conditions for withdrawal.
Edgars Rinkēvičs referred to as unacceptable the restoration of voting rights to Russia at the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, that being contrary to the principles and fundamental values of the Council of Europe.
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