Brexit negotiations and Lithuania’s key interests discussed in Brussels
/ Updated: 2019.02.18 17:28
On 18 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius discussed the course of the negotiations and Lithuania’s key interests in the meeting with the EU chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier in Brussels.
The Foreign Minister expressed his support for efforts to find a creative solution to the Irish border, which would help to maintain the United Kingdom's withdrawal deal and, at the same time, would receive the necessary support in the UK’s Parliament. A no-deal Brexit would inflict a lot of damage not only to the UK, but also to EU member states. Thus, every effort should be made to avoid such a scenario.
"The EU and the UK may not re-open the Brexit withdrawal deal in their talks. In addition, an agreement on safeguards – the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland – has been reached after difficult negotiations and must be preserved. At the same time, however, we have to look for ways of solving issues raised by the UK Government and its Parliament regarding additional guarantees they can be granted,” said Minister L. Linkevičius.
The Foreign Minister also emphasized that it was important for Lithuania to maintain the existing economic ties also in its future relationship with the United Kingdom, as well as further involvement of the UK in ensuring security in the region, and very close cooperation on the EU’s foreign policy issues.