Czech president Miloš Zeman, accompanied by his wife Ivana and daughter
Kateřina, were received by British Queen Elisabeth II at Buckingham Palace
on Friday. Among other things, they were discussing Czech citizens who are
currently studying and working in Great Britain and their future after
Brexit, president Zeman told jounralists after the reception.
The meeting with the UK head of state is the high point of Mr Zeman’s visit to Great Britain, during which he has also set to meet with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Mr Zeman would like to discuss with Mr Johnson the case of the Czech national who was killed in London last year and whose alleged attacker was allowed to walk free from court.
The Czech head of state on Friday also presented a diploma of promotion to the rank of general to Miroslav Antonín Liškutín, a Czechoslovak pilot who flew with the RAF during the war and was promoted in his absence in Prague on May 8, and awarded a number of Czech and Slovak war veterans who served in the RAF with a medal for bravery.
During his visit to Great Britain on Friday, President Miloš Zeman will meet with not only the queen but also with Britain’s foreign minister, Boris Johnson, although the main focus will be his audience with Queen Elizabeth II. The Czech president’s meeting with Mr Johnson will focus on Brexit – Great Britain’s decision to leave the EU – and bilateral relations. The news was confirmed by Rudolf Jindrák of the president’s office. There was also reportedly an interest by the Czech side for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, but that proved too difficult to arrange following the complex political situation after the recent snap election, the Czech News Agency wrote.
President Miloš Zeman says he received an invitation to visit the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II from her son Prince Edward in 2017. Mr. Zeman said he was very glad that Friday’s audience with the monarch was taking place at Buckingham Palace. He said Prince Edward had made the invitation in 2013, shortly after he became the Czech Republic’s head of state. While in London Mr. Zeman will also meet a number of Czech WWII veterans.
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, is set to meet Queen Elizabeth II in London on Friday, the Czech News Agency reported, citing a source close to Mr. Zeman’s office. Prague Castle officials requested the audience with the UK head of state, the news agency said. Mr. Zeman is also set to present a diploma of promotion to the rank of general to Miroslav Antonín Liškutín, a Czechoslovak pilot who flew with the RAF during the war and was promoted in his absence in Prague on May 8.
For the second time in just under two years, Britain has left most of the rest of Europe bemused. The Brexit referendum has been followed by a snap election aimed at giving a strong Brexit negotiating hand with Brussels to the ruling Conservatives. That clearly backfired and like the rest, Czechs are now trying to work out what happens next.
Czech politicians have expressed hope that a stable government will emerge from the stalemate following Great Britain’s snap election in which Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives lost their Parliamentary majority. One aim, from the Czech perspective, is for there to be a capable partner in negotiations on Brexit – Great Britain’s departure from the EU. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka welcomed Labour’s strong finish, saying he expected the party to have a clearer influence on British domestic and foreign policy.
Czech intelligence has rejected claims that Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who spent a few weeks in Libya before committing the attack, flew back to London via Prague. The information appeared in the German daily Der Tagesspiegel on Thursday. Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said neither Czech nor foreign intelligence sources had any information to confirm the claim.
The Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, has written an official letter to the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, offering to host the European Banking Authority (EBA) in the Czech Republic in future. The institution is currently headquartered in the UK capital, London. The European Section of the Office of the Government posted the document, dated April 27, online on Saturday afternoon. In the letter, Mr. Sobotka said Prague was committed to the further promotion of European values and to mitigating any risks for the internal market and the EU as a whole, especially in connection to Brexit. He also highlighted the advantages of the Czech Republic’s central geographical position.
The result of October’s general elections should not influence the Czech position in the Brexit talks, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told the ctk news agency ahead of an EU summit on Brexit in Brussels. The leaders of 27 member states are due to meet on Saturday to try to set a common negotiating line in the Brexit talks. Mr. Sobotka said the Czech position was the result of a broad consensus between the ruling and opposition parties. The Czech Republic has highlighted protecting the rights of Czechs living and working in Great Britain and maintaining the present level of Czech exports to the country as its main priorities.