With the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, Hungary will lose a staunch defender of national sovereignty, the foreign ministry’s commissioner for Brexit told a conference on Friday.
Szabolcs Takács said Hungary would be “losing a lot” with Brexit as the UK promoted a “sovereigntist” approach to the EU as against the “federalist” view of the commission, he said. “Hungary is part of that minority and will lose and important ally with Brexit,” he said.
Speaking at the Fourth European Blue Sky Conference in Budapest, he said the Hungarian government “regrets but respects the decision” of the British people to leave the EU.
He added that Brexit was currently being hindered by British political infighting rather than by member states, the European Commission or the European Council.
Takács said it was important to define what a European lifestyle means “at a time when Europe’s ethnic setup is changing”.