Brexit continues to spark debates in FYROM

Brexit continues to spark debates in FYROM

Skopje, 27 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Great Britain’s exist from the European Union continues to trigger debates in FYROM. Political analysts say that while a powerful country of the Union left it, FYROM has now been waiting 11 years for a date to launch accession talks in order to become part of this family. This wait has led the country to a status quo in the aspect of European integration, while in the recent years, support for EU integration has dropped.

Head of the diplomacy in FYROM, Nikola Poposki said that with Britain’s exist from the EU, FYR Macedonia has lost a powerful supporter in the process of enlargement.

“This is a big loss for the Balkans and Macedonia. We must do more for our country. The country’s accession in the EU means that we must compete with more powerful countries”, Popovski said.

Brexit has also been commented by the largest political parties. Ivo Kotevski, spokesman of VMRO-DPMNE says that the decision of the British must be respected, while according to him, an ally country has been lost.

“For the EU, this is a loss of an important member, while for the Balkans and Macedonia it is the loss of a great supporter of the process of expansion”, Kotevski said.

Meanwhile, SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union) says that it shares the concern of all the EU members for Britain’s exit, but in this case, the biggest ally for the process of integration has left the union.

Rafis Aliti of BDI (Democratic Union for Integration) told IBNA that in spite of the Brexit, FYROM must continue its EU integration path. “There’s no other way besides EU integration. This is the strategic interest of our party and also our country, because there are no alternatives”, says the deputy speaker of Parliament, Aliti.

University professor and former diplomat, Denko Malevski has expressed his concern that the decision of the UK to leave the EU, may be misinterpreted in FYROM. “I’m afraid that this decision may be misinterpreted with some people saying that it is better to be outside of the EU. What happened shows us how important it is for a country to be involved in European structures. Unfortunately, we remain outside of the European Union and we may only follow developments from this aspect”, Malevski says. /