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EU ministers to debate Brexit in Slovakia in July

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Warsaw, July 9 (CTK) – The EU foreign ministers will meet in Bratislava before the end of July to tune up their stances on Brexit, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said at a press conference after the NATO summit ended on Saturday.

He said EU ministers could only speak about Brexit in corridors and that is why there is agreement on the convocation of the meeting to Bratislava.

It will be held within the Slovak EU presidency which started on July 1.

Czech President Milos Zeman said Brexit will strongly influence the European Union, but it will not touch much on NATO.

“I do not want to say that there will be no (impact), but it will not be too strong,” Zeman said.

After a meeting of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries, or the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, on the margin of the NATO summit on Saturday, Zaoralek said the Czech Republic will insist on the preservation of the four EU fundamental freedoms (freedom of the movement of persons, goods, services and the capital) in negotiations with Britain.

“It is not possible to want free movement of the capital and at the same time reject the free movement of the labour force,” Zaoralek wrote on Twitter.

He told CTK that he and his V4 colleagues agreed that until Britain asks for the negotiations about its departure from EU to be held, there is nothing to talk about.

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