‘Malaysia-Britain ties intact regardless of Brexit’


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 17 Jan 2019

PETALING JAYA: There will be no change in the relationship between Britain and Malaysia regardless of what happens in the British parliament on Brexit, says the country’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell.

“Whilst all of that is going on, I can reassure you that this does not change, damage or affect our relationship with Malaysia, nor the work that we are doing – whether it is government to government, business to business.

“The strength and depth of our relationship will endure. Our ambition is to build on it to deepen and broaden and strengthen it further,” she said in a statement yesterday.

Treadell said the good relations between Malaysia and Britain can be seen in Britain’s first Cabinet visit to Malaysia of the year by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

During his meetings with Malaysian government officials, Hunt also met Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“That meeting gave us great heart – the strength of the goodwill between Malaysia and Britain – and the work and opportunities that we have ahead,” she said.

She, however, admitted that the events in the British Parliament would be a cause for concern that people would be wondering where this has left Britain.

“This is a time for us to deal with the reality of the hand that we have been dealt. But at the core of this is the simple fact – we remain committed to a negotiated outcome with the European Union (EU) – a smooth and orderly departure,” she said.

Treadell added that Britain would take the ideas that will come through from these parliamentary debates to see what is possible to renegotiate with the EU.

On Tuesday, British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal by 230 votes, triggering questions about Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.


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