Serbia to continue on European path

SOURCETanjug

BELGRADE – The outcome of Britain’s EU referendum has nothing to do with Serbia’s political path – it must continue on its European path and do its part of the work, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said Friday.

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has called a government session for 10.30 am to discuss, among other topics, a reaction to the referendum and ways to preserve stability in the country, Dacic told the RTS.

The government will take all measures to preserve economic and financial stability amid market turmoil resulting from the outcome of the British referendum, Dacic said.

Dacic said he did not believe Britain’s decision to leave the EU would lead to a demise of the EU or the European concept.

“The EU has been dealt a major blow, but it seems to me that Britain has been dealt one as well,” Dacic said, adding that every nation had an autonomous right to decide on its own fate.

The final results of Thursday’s referendum show that 51.89 percent of Britons voted to leave the EU, while 48.11 percent voted to remain in the Union.

Serbia will continue on its European path and preserve financial and political stability, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday following the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

“We respect the decision of the citizens of the UK – prosperity and stability remain crucial for us because the Serbian citizens want a better future for themselves and their children,” Vucic told an extraordinary press conference.

“I guarantee to the citizens of Serbia that there will be no major upsets to financial and economic stability such as the ones we see in many countries,” Vucic said.

This can be guaranteed thanks to the prudent policy we have been pursuing, rather than choosing easy solutions such as the ones that came from the southern Mediterranean, Vucic said.

“In keeping with the trust it has been given in the elections, the Serbian government knows what is good for our citizens, and that is the European path, better living standards like in most European countries, and attracting more investments,” Vucic said.

Serbia will do all it can to maintain and foster its relations with the UK, Vucic said.

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