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Cyprus-UK relations will continue ‘as before’

British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd

CYPRUS-UK relations will continue even after the county leaves the European Union, the British High Commissioner to Nicosia Matthew Kidd said on Friday.

Speaking to state broadcaster CyBC, Kidd said that the fact that the two countries have been EU member states is important but not the most important issue.

“There is a wide series of issues where we cooperate and we will continue to do so,” Kidd said.

He said that the UK, will continue its cooperation not only with Cyprus, but with the rest EU member states as well.

As regards the Cyprus problem, he said that nothing has changed.

“For us, our role to support a settlement agreement remains the same,” Kidd said.

As to what lies ahead as regards the Brexit, he said that discussions are to begin on the next steps.

“We will have to develop proposals as to how to proceed,” Kidd said. He added that according to Prime Minister David Cameron, this will be an at least two-year process. “Nothing will change by tomorrow”.

In the meantime, he said, it is very important to have a period of stability for the markets.

As of Friday, he said, questions began of Europeans living in the UK, and of British people living in other European countries.

He added that on Friday the High Commission in Nicosia received several phone calls and they expect more.

“There are no answers yet. We will have to organise, find the best solutions, and I hope that we will be in a position to help the British people living here and be able to answer to their questions,” Kidd said.

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