“The result is really good, now it is on the British side”, Portuguese President says

  • ECO News
  • 16 November 2018

The Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, told journalists in Guatemala that the draft for UK's Brexit agreement is "really good", and noted that now the British should do their part.

Portugal’s president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, on Friday said that the draft of the UK departure agreement from the European Union (Brexit), on the European point of view, “is really good”, but “now the answer is on the other side.”

“The result is really good, on the European Union side, it is really good, really good. But, of course, the British have a say,” de Sousa told journalists at the 26th Ibero-American Summit in Antígua, Guatemala.

De Sousa drew attention “to the way how the situation was safeguarded for the Portuguese people” living in the UK: “It was a safeguard which, in fact, corresponds to the same safeguard of the British people living in Portugal, which lives up to our traditional alliance.”

With the minister of foreign affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, who represents the Portuguese government in the summit, De Sousa said that “the European Union set an example” in these negotiations, “it went as far as it could go,” and that “Portugal played a very important role” in this process.

“Let us see if we can take the next steps,” De Sousa said. “But now the answer to that question is on the other side.”