Nov 02, 2016

PM Orbán to hold talks with British Prime Minister

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will meet British Prime Minister Theresa May in London next week, it has been reported.

According to sources, the political leaders will discuss the European Union, Hungary's referendum vote on the EU's migrant quota scheme and Brexit

Buzzfeed News reports that experts have warned that PM Orbán’s visit could be seen as May's attempt to build alliances with European leaders opposed to migration in order to divide the EU and gain the upper hand during Brexit negotiations.

The meeting follows May's rejection of the UK entering an agreement with the EU to have access to the bloc’s single market in exchange for agreeing to follow the Union’s regulations on free movement of people. May felt that pushing for the restriction of the movement of workers was a key factor in the “Leave” campaign’s victory in the Brexit referendum.

Meanwhile, a senior EU government source told Buzzfeed News that “they think May is intent on building controversial alliances and putting sensitive security matters up for negotiation in order to drive a wedge between European countries".

The meeting further strengthens relations between the two allies. Péter Szijártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, visited London two weeks ago to sign an MoU on the establishment of the British-Hungarian Business Council.

PM Orbán has been complimentary of his British counterpart, recently saying, "she’s done excellently… She’s clear-cut.”