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British bases status unchanged after Brexit, Johnson says

Ground crew load a Paveway IV Laser Guided bomb onto an RAF Tornado GR4's at RAF Akrotiri (Reuters)

The status of the British military bases on the island will not change following the UK’s departure from the European Union, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.

“I do not see any change to the status of the British Bases,” he told reporters following a meeting with Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides. “Obviously, as a result of Brexit, there is absolutely no change on that. I think it is very important to work with our friends in Cyprus to make sure we will continue to be useful in guaranteeing the security of the area. As far as the bases play a role in that, then that I think is valuable”.

Replying on the same question, Kasoulides said “this means guaranteeing the security of the area from outside asymmetrical threats.”

Britain maintains two military bases on the island – Dhekelia and Akrotiri – as well as radar installations on the Troodos mountain. It also has a listening post in Ayios Nicolaos in the Famagusta district.

The bases currently host aircraft, which are used for sorties over Iraq.

Britain joined the battle against the Islamic State in September 2014 using RAF Akrotiri as a base for air strikes.

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