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Jun 27, 2016

The EU should form close ties with Britain after Brexit

We must think why such a large proportion of Britain’s population took the view that they would be better off outside the EU

A close EU-British cooperation and bilateral relations must be further developed after the departure of Britain from the EU, Szabolcs Takács, the state secretary responsible for EU affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office, has said.

Takács said that we must think why such a large proportion of Britain’s population took the view that they would be better off outside the EU. We must start a profound, joint assessment in order to understand what the main problem of the British people was, he added.

He said that the British minister responsible for EU affairs described immigration as the number one problem. In this context, British electors were of the opinion that they did not receive reassuring and convincing answers which also took their views into consideration.

Discussing and working out the details of "where to go from here” will be the duty of the summit of heads of state and government scheduled to take place in Brussels next week, he said.

In reference to the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron, he added: it will be reasonable to negotiate the terms of Britain’s exit once there is a British government with a strong, legitimate authorization in place to negotiate with its partners from the European Union.

Takács further added that the countries of origin and transit countries affected by migration should be treated as a particular priority. We must come to an agreement with them in order to set up asylum-seeker registration centers, so-called hot spots operated by the EU, in their territories, so that a decision can be made as to who is eligible to enter the territory of the European Union.

The European Union is able to cooperate with them in the fields of trade, investment, visa and development policy if they, too, help with resolving the migration crisis, the state secretary stressed.

Takács highlighted: we should not concentrate on how to handle, but rather on how to stop migration.