PETALING JAYA: Britain welcomes Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's statement on its historical decision of leaving the European Union (EU).
"We welcome Prime Minister Najib's statement. The UK and Malaysia are important partners and this does not change," said British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell (pic) in a statement Friday.
Treadell said the British government would now work towards delivering the will of the people and commence the formal and legal process of leaving the EU.
"My team and I at the British High Commission will continue to focus on further strengthening our relationship with Malaysia for the mutual interest of our countries.
She said that the British economy was fundamentally strong ,remained the fifth-largest economy in the world, and Britain was still a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a member of the G7, G20 and NATO.
Treadell added that Britain continues to be the only member of the groups, spending 2% of its GDP on defence and security and 0.7% on helping others through its global development assistance programmes.
EU ambassador and head of delegation to Malaysia Luc Vandebon said he was unhappy with the outcome as it was not favourable to both the EU and Britain.
He reserved his comments until there was a result from the EU parliament meeting.