The risk of the UK`s disorderly exit from the EU is growing as the non-ratification of the withdrawal agreement continues, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said following a meeting on Monday morning in Brussels.
During the meeting, held ahead of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, the foreign minister assured Barnier of the importance Cyprus attaches to EU27 unity, and they agreed that the UK’s withdrawal agreement cannot be renegotiated.
Barnier and Christodoulides stressed the need for the EU to continue efforts for an orderly UK withdrawal through the already negotiated agreement.
The two officials focused on the issue of the British bases and on actions to be taken in the event of a disorderly Brexit to fully safeguard the rights of Cypriots and other Europeans living and working there.
In addition, Christodoulides briefed the negotiator on measures taken at the national level.
The foreign minister welcomed the upcoming visit of deputy secretary general of the European Commission Celine Gauer to Cyprus on March 5, during which she will be given the opportunity to examine the emergency measures more closely, especially in areas concerning Cyprus.