Speaking in an interview for the British TV station ITV the President of the Republic of Croatia said she is hopeful that the United Kingdom and the EU will maintain as good relations as possible following the UK’s exit from the European Union.
Speaking in an interview for the ITV show "Good morning Britain" President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović addressed the Brexit negotiations and relations between Zagreb and London. The president said that she supported a so-called 'soft' Brexit.
Responding to claims from the show’s hosts that Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, who represents Croatia at meetings of the European Council and in the negotiations on Brexit, feels that the final agreement should "meet the interests of Ireland," Grabar-Kitarović noted that she too supported a 'soft' Brexit and was hopeful that both sides would maintain good relations.
"I think that a soft boundary between the United Kingdom and Ireland would help both sides leave unresolved issues from the past behind them," she said. The president added that she was sorry that Britain had opted to leave the EU and voiced hope that it would one day return to the union.
"We respect your decision. In life no parting of ways is easy, just as it isn’t in our private lives, neither will it be in this case. However, looking to the future, we are in some subtle way hopeful that you will return," she said.
The president also stressed that Croatia wants to have very good relations with the United Kingdom after Brexit. She reminded that she had discussed this issue with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to London in 2016.