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BRICS react cautiously to Brexit
June 24, 2016, 1:19 pm

Former London Mayor and "Vote Leave" campaigner Boris Johnson (C) speaks during a press conference in London, Britain, June 24, 2016 [Xinhua]

Former London Mayor and “Vote Leave” campaigner Boris Johnson (C) speaks during a press conference in London, Britain, June 24, 2016 [Xinhua]

After Britain voted to leave the 28-member European Union, members of the BRICS reacted with caution on Friday.

China’s Foreign Ministry said Britain’s choice to exit the EU will have significant ramifications, although China is still keen to strengthen its ties with the UK.

“The impact will be on all levels, not only on China-Britain relations. As to what kind of impact there will be, I believe all sides will calmly and conscientiously assess this,” Hua Chunying, spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry said in Beijing.

“China supports the European integration process and would like to see Europe playing a positive role in international affairs. We have full confidence in the prospects for the development of China-EU ties,” she added.

Beijing’s cautionary note came as other euro-sceptic leaders in the European Union called for their countries to follow suit.

The National Front is leading calls for France to follow the UK in offering its citizens a ballot on whether to stay in the EU. Dutch anti-immigration leader Geert Wilders also said Netherlands must “get the opportunity to have their say about Dutch membership of the European Union”

South Africa on Friday said it remains “committed to retaining strong trade and financial relations with both Britain and the European Union”.

“Our banks and financial institutions are well positioned to withstand financial shocks to the system as demonstrated in previous episodes including the 2008/09 global financial crisis. We are therefore confident that our financial system including the banks and the regulatory framework are extremely resilient and reliable,” South African President Jacob Zuma said.

“In this context, our ongoing efforts as South Africans, government, business, labour and civil society to reignite growth become that much more urgent and critical,” the statement added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is attending the SCO Summit in Tashkent, said the issue of migration has acutely impacted European politics.

“I think it’s comprehensible why this happened: first, no one wants to feed and subsidize poorer economies, to support other states, support entire nations,” Putin said.

“Apparently the British people are not satisfied with the way problems are being solved in the security sphere, these problems have become more acute lately with the migration processes,” he added.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she has invited the leaders of France and Italy as well as the European Council president to Berlin on Monday to discuss the fallout of Britain’s decision.

French President Francois Hollande said preparations for the UK’s exit from the European Union should get started so the bloc’s remaining members can work on reforms to tackle the rise of populism.

“The U.K. will no longer be a member of the EU and the procedures written in the treaties should be implemented quickly,” Hollande said on Friday.


TBP and Agencies

6 Responses to BRICS react cautiously to Brexit

  1. debbie Reply

    June 24, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    I think Brexit is nothing but another game of divide and conquer, and that Russia and China are wise to every trick. The west has checkmated itself, and the tantrums unfortunately will be quite a messy affair.

    For the east, for China, it holds to the center that is Tao. For Russia, it holds to the center which is Christ.
    The west will have to find its center, which has been nothing but a raging black hole with their own arms hitting each other, projecting this craziness everywhere but where it lives, in their own minds.

    The west needs the models Russia and China are exemplifying. Thank you BRICS, for your mature leadership and guidance.

    • Robert Petrin Reply

      June 26, 2016 at 8:56 am

      The west as we know it, is imploding. The new Internet generation will not accept the statu quo. Democratic revolutions will happen. Canada had its revolution last year, when Trudeau was elected.

  2. sixpack Reply

    June 24, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    “The U.K. will no longer be a member of the EU and the procedures written in the treaties should be implemented quickly,” Hollande said on Friday.

    EXACTLY WHAT “PROCEDURES?” Procedures to immolate and punish the UK because they dared to rebel against Brussels and the US masters?

  3. safretew Reply

    June 26, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    The UK is still not savely out of the EU, the West will try to shackle and cripple the UK. Most likely they will try to divide the UK and have Irland stay in the EU so they can weaken and pressure England economically and with Military on their Borders and most importantly Propaganda. Like in Germany where the US has 300 military bases and American CIA is running around like they own the place and you will never hear a negative sentence about US/NATO in the Medias, be they Mainstream or privat. And if you do, it will instantly get supressed.

  4. gamead Reply

    June 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Brexit wont happen. Article 50 wont be signed. Early election will be used to overturn the exit vote by the party winning on a remain will get shafted like irelans in the lisbon treaty vote. Thats why cameron wont sign aricle 50 exit.

  5. gamead Reply

    June 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Uk public are too stupid to force cameron to sign. The new party leader replacing cameron cant sign as he is not voted in by all of uk only his party. Cameron is using his resignation to force an elected incoming prime minister to sign.

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