Britain stabilizing govt after referendum: Ambassador Malik

Britain stabilizing govt after referendum: Ambassador Malik

Ambassador Moazzam Malik. (ANTARA/Yudhi Mahatma)

We cannot answer all of them today."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The British Ambassador to Indonesia, Moazzam Malik, said the government is stabilizing the situation after the referendum conducted on June 23, 2016, as per which the country is to exit from the European Union (EU).

"There are many questions about how the future will be. We cannot answer all of them today. But as Prime Minister David Cameron has said, the British government will continue to take steps to ensure stability. The Prime Minister will be handing over the government to the new Prime Minister by October," he told a press conference here on Saturday (June 25).

The Ambassador remarked that the referendum was a very hard struggle and a lot of people were left disappointed over these changes while others are excited with a new vision of England in the 21st century.

He affirmed that Britain will still be home for 65 million people from different races and beliefs who are one in a democracy.

"We will remain among the worlds ten largest economies, which is open externally, innovative and committed to give international-based rules systems," he added.

The Ambassador stated that the UK would remain a member of the G20 (Group of 20 major economies), the G7 (Group of seven major economies), a permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations and the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Britain will also remain the only country committed to allocate two percent of its gross domestic product for defense spending and 0.7 percent of the national income for development assistance.

Britain is a strategic partner of Indonesia since 2012. In 2015, the value of the trade between the two countries reached US$2.35 billion, while Britains investment in Indonesia reached US$503.2 million.

The numbers of British tourists visiting Indonesia was 69,798 in 2015.
(Uu.KR-LWA/INE/KR-BSR/S012)

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