”A Moment of Sadness”: Greece Reacts to UK’s Departure From the EU



The Union Jack is being taken down at the premises of the European Council, ahead of the country’s departure from the Union on Friday night. Credit: The Council of the European Union

Greece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the country’s Foreign Minister issued two statements on Friday and Saturday respectively, commenting on the momentous event of the United Kingdom‘s departure from the European Union.

”Brexit Day is a moment of sadness, but also the start of a new chapter in our relationship with the UK,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said, adding that this relationship will be built on friendship and cooperation.

”Greece is prepared for Brexit & ready to contribute in forging an ambitious new partnership,” the statement noted.

On his behalf, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said that the UK will always remain an ally for Greece.

”For a few hours now, the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union. But for us, it will always be a partner country and an ally, with whom we are bound by common struggles for global freedom,” Dendias said.

”It is a historic moment, which marks the end of an era, but also the beginning of a new one. Greece is prepared for it and ready to contribute to building a strong future relationship,” the Minister noted.

”I have to assure the Greeks living in the United Kingdom and the UK nationals residing in Greece that we will promote all those necessary arrangements that will ensure their day-to-day life and prospects,” Dendias noted.

The United Kingdom officially left the EU at midnight Brussels time on February 1.

The country has now entered a transition period, at least until December 31, 2020, when European law will continue to apply in the UK.

Approximately 60,000 Greek nationals who currently live, study and work in the UK have already applied to get ”pre-settled” or ”settled” status, which will allow them to enjoy the same rights as they did when the UK was a member-state of the EU.