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Papadimoulis’ statement on Brexit is a pleasant message for British people, UK ambassador Smith says

Papadimoulis’ statement on Brexit is a pleasant message for British people, UK ambassador Smith says
 

Papadimoulis earlier said: “Greek people are not big on English tea and don’t particularly love beans on toast, but I guarantee you, every Greek child knows Harry Potter and Premiere League? Most appreciated.

Syriza believes in the EU and we disagree with the United Kingdom leaving a United Europe. We hold that Brexit was a sad day for our union.

Let’s face it though, Greece and Britain have a relationship.

We know you’ve shared our history, liked our sun and sand and enjoy a couple of drinks in our taverns.

There are 11 thousand Greek students in the UK not to mention many more workers and Greece is one of the favourite destinations for the English, Scottish, Irish, Cornish and Welsh to holiday or retire.

We need to do whatever it takes to secure the rights of British people living in Greece as well as the rights of Greeks living in Britain.

We disagree with the result of your referendum, but we still respect it. Why? Because it’s in our blood, culture and political DNA to respect democratic choices.

And I can assure you that Greeks will continue to show their hospitality, to the British as if they never left the Union.

In short, Brits, you’re welcome in Greece!”/IBNA

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