Malta-UK relations to remain strong after Brexit

The Minister for European Affairs and Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto, Louis Grech, today told the new British High Commissioner, Mr Stuart Gill that Malta wants to maintain strong ties between the two countries, even after Brexit.

Mr Gill was paying a courtesy call to introduce himself to Minister Grech at the Auberge d’Aragon.

Mr Grech said that, though Malta regretted the British decision to leave the European Union, it was determined to ensure that Malta and the UK would continue to have excellent bilateral relations on many fronts.  At the same time, both countries knew that there would be consequences to the exit of the UK from the European Union, but the UK will always have a strong relationship with the EU.

The British High Commissioner said that Brexit was a challenging process and this explained why the British Government was being cautious on when it would invoke Article 50 of the Treaty, since the UK had to work out what kind of new relationship it should have with the Union.

The Minister said that, because of the complexities of the issues concerned and, in the wake of Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will take place during the first half of next year, the Ministry for European Affairs is setting up a Brexit Unit. This will ensure better co-ordination and smoother processes.