The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union has not as yet
had any impact on bilateral relations between Prague and London, the Czech
ambassador to the UK, Libor Sečka, told the Czech News Agency. Mr. Sečka
said it would be necessary to see the balance of trade between the two
states at the end of the year before assessing the economic effect of the
The ambassador said his embassy had registered an increase in animosity against Czechs living in the UK immediately following Britain’s referendum last year. Every registered case was discussed with the UK authorities, Mr. Sečka said. However, the situation has since calmed, he added.
Britain and the rest of the EU are at the start of the Brexit negotiations and in some sense both sides are still exploring where there are major differences and where there is agreement. Britain’s Brexit negotiator, David Davis, was in Prague on Tuesday for talks with the Czech foreign minister over its take on the talks so far and how they should proceed.
David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, will meet with Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek in Prague next Tuesday. The Brexit secretary will travel to the Czech capital after a second round of talks with the EU, the Czech Foreign Ministry confirmed. In a statement, it said that the Czech Republic supported a balanced deal based on rights equality, and stressed that it was important to uphold excellent mutual ties even after Great Britain’s departure from the EU.
The Czech Republic is currently chairing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, one of Europe’s top human rights institutions. During a visit to Strasbourg last week Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek also discussed a case that has raised emotions in the Czech Republic – a not guilty verdict in the case of an attacker who killed a Czech man in London following an altercation outside a fast food outlet. The Czech Republic has been seeking ways to get the case reopened.
Diplomats pushing Czech economic interests across the world have been gathering in Prague in recent days to discuss latest developments and initiatives. Such diplomats, not just from the foreign ministry but from industry and trade, agriculture, and research have multiplied in the past years with the number of dossiers and projects six times more than just three years ago. One of those taking part was Aleš Opatný, the head of the economic and commercial section at the Czech embassy in London. The London office was picked out for its success last
The Czech Republic will set up a consulate in Manchester in order to improve services for the public and handle a growing number of requests for Czech citizenship in the wake of Brexit, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek told journalists on Wednesday. The proposal has been approved by the government and the consulate should begin operating at the start of next year. There are presently some 100,000 Czechs living in Great Britain and approximately 300,000 Czechs visit the country every year. At present consular services are only provided by the Czech Embassy in London.
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.
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