"The European Union will be smaller in numbers, but remains strong and unified as ever," commented the Croatian government after the UK’s departure from the European Union yesterday. The statement continued to say that the government regrets United Kingdom's departure from the European Union, but the Union remains strong even without it.
"We are heartened by the reinforced unity that the 27 of us have demonstrated in the past three years," the statement said.
Whilst Brexit will not doubt bring change to the European Union, not least with its future relationship with the UK, the Croatian government is convinced that this breakup doesn’t need to have long-term effects. “Croatia remains determined to invest all its efforts to keep the United Kingdom as one of our closest partners," the Croatian government added.
And the first step is the future deal between the UK and the EU which will cover everything from trade to human rights. The transition period runs until the end of this year meaning that the clock is ticking on arranging all new laws and regulations.
"Croatia appreciates the hitherto tireless work of EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier and his team. They have our full support and confidence in the forthcoming negotiations about the future relationship with the United Kingdom as well," the statement from the Croatian government concluded.