A “no-deal” Brexit bad for Greece too: UK Minister

The United Kingdom’s Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the EU, said that a “no -deal” Brexit would be detrimental to the EU and its member states too. Speaking to Athens News Agency, Lord Martin Callanan expressed optimism that there will be an agreement at the EU summit in October but in the event of a no deal, he did not rule out “scenes of chaos at the airports and ports of Europe” after March 30, 2019.

During the interview Lord Callanan pointed to the positive prospects that appear for Greece after its exit from the bailout and said that he believed the Greek economy will improve further, stressing the “excellent bilateral ties between Athens and London.” In regards to students, business people and tourists travelling in and out of the United Kingdom, he said the UK’s white paper proposes travel without a visa, adding that nothing will change with the student fees next year.

Lord Callanan expressed his disappointment regarding the reaction of the European Commission to the British proposal to work with the EU in the areas of security, saying that “we are not setting any conditions, we are not trying to connect it with any economic issues.”

Theresa May meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece: 26 June 2018

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

This afternoon the Prime Minister welcomed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece to Downing Street for the first time. The Prime Minister noted that the friendship between the UK and Greece goes back centuries and is stronger today than it ever has been with millions of British citizens travelling to Greece every year. She thanked Prime Minister Tsipras for the warm welcome given to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on their recent visit to Athens and Crete. The Prime Minister congratulated Prime Minister Tsipras on the progress made by the Greek economy and the important steps taken last week towards Greece’s exit from the economic adjustment programme in August. The leaders agreed that as the Greek economy continues to recover, there is potential for deeper business links in the energy, tourism, education and shipping sectors. They discussed the issues that Greece faces with illegal migration and agreed that this is a shared challenge that requires a co-ordinated and comprehensive response including through the continued implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement. The Prime Minister said that the UK would continue to play its part in supporting a sustainable solution after we leave the EU. She said that the UK would send an additional Border Force cutter to the Aegean to carry out vital search and rescue operations. The Prime Minister updated Prime Minister Tsipras on the continuing progress that the UK and EU have made on issues relating to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. They agreed that a deep and comprehensive future partnership on trade and security was in the interests of the UK, the EU and EU Member States including Greece. They discussed regional issues and agreed on the importance of encouraging further steps towards a settlement in Cyprus. Prime Minister Tsipras welcomed the constructive role the UK had played in the talks so far as one of the guarantors. The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to welcome the historic agreement reached on the longstanding Name Issue with Greece’s Northern Neighbour and the benefits this will bring to regional stability. The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Tsipras discussed relations between Turkey and Greece agreeing that continued dialogue was vital in ensuring regional stability.

Finally, the Prime Minister reiterated the need for the international community to uphold the rules based international system including by calling out and responding to malign activity by Russia.

Conservative Friends of Greece: Theresa May calls on Greek expats to stay in the UK

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has voiced her gratitude to the tens of thousands of Greeks who have chosen Britain as their new home, asking them to remain in her country even after its exit from the European Union.

She also said the rights of all EU citizens are among her prime concerns in the so-called “Brexit” negotiations with Brussels. In an interview with Greek daily Ta Nea published on Friday, the British premier thanked the 70,000 Greeks who have moved to the UK, saying “we appreciate their significant contribution in our culture and society, in our universities and economy.”

She acknowledged the problems created by last year’s referendum vote in favour of a British secession from the EU, saying “the referendum has caused some uncertainty and this is why we have rendered the issue of citizen rights a top priority in negotiations.” May stressed that she wants readers to know that Britain wants all Greek citizens who have set up home there to remain in the country, just like all EU citizens. “This is one of my prime targets, to ensure they will be able to live just like before,” she said.

After exalting the long and deep cultural and trade relations between the two countries, May lent support to Greek tourism, noting that “Greece with its rich history and beautiful coastline will always be a popular destination for millions of British tourists.”

Conservative Friends of Greece bringing U.K.- Greek parliamentary delegations together

Tuesday 1st of March saw the formal meeting between members of the British and Greek Parliaments which included members of the Conservative Party and New Democracy (ND) leadership. The event was held in Westminster by the Conservative Friends of Greece (CFG) group, that aims to connect both the U.K and Greek Parliaments, empower and represent the Hellenic Community in the UK in domestic activities and politics, and promote bilateral dialogue and cooperation.

Those which attended the event include:

-Stephanos Ioannou Chairman of the CFG group, and George Hadjipavlis, Deputy Chairman of CFG.

-Vice-President of ND, Shadow Defence Secretary and Member of Parliament for Athens B’ Adonis Georgiadis.

-Nikos Sofianos, Secretary General of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, President of the LSE Hellenic Alumni Association and member of the ND Political Committee.

-Maria Xitaki, member of the ND Political Committee.

-Alberto Costa MP for South Leicestershire, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary group for Greece, and Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Greece Parliamentary Group.

-Mark Field MP for Cities of London and Westminster, and International Affairs Chairman for the Conservative Party.

-Vasillis Vitanopoulos and May Lykourentzou representing the ND youth wing ONNED in the U.K.

British counterparts during the event raised the significant historical ties both Greece and the U.K enjoy, since the struggle of Greek Independence. They have since collaborated as EU allies, jointly fought two World Wars and maintain a common membership of NATO, which leads to a continuing military cooperation between both nations.

During the meeting a number of matters were discussed that included common bilateral projects, events, and also the relationship between the sister parties of New Democracy and the Conservative Party. Alberto Costa MP gave his remarks on the meeting stating “It was a pleasure to host our guests from Greece in Parliament, along with fellow MP Mark Field. Greece and the United Kingdom have enjoyed very strong and positive ties, and it is now more important than ever, that we work to strengthen the links and continue to work together. Conservative Friends of Greece have made an incredibly positive contribution to this already, and I look forward to ongoing engagement in the future.” Adonis Georgiadis also gave his remarks stating “We had today a very good discussion on the relationship both our nations will enjoy when the U.K. leaves the EU. Discussion of the status of Greeks in the U.K, business ties, and other matters was the beginning of a long period of dialogue.”

Discussions led to agreeing working together for the mutual benefit of businesses, that included the Greek shipping industry which has a significant presence in the U.K. as well as agricultural trade, and most significant tourism which year on year is increasing in activity in terms of visitor numbers for both the U.K and Greece. Part of the discussions brought about the current economic ties both the U.K and Greece enjoy. The United Kingdom is the 5th largest importer of Greek products, 3rd largest importer of Greek agricultural products and 2nd largest importer of Greek pharmaceuticals. Hence the need to maintain trade ties and increase business activity between both nations is essential, even after the U.K. exits the EU.

Conservative Friends of Greece welcome New Democracy Leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis in London

Last month the Conservative Friends of Greece group welcomed the Greek leader of the opposition, and Conservative counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis in London.

During the meeting a number of matters were discussed that included common bilateral projects, events, and also the relationship between the sister parties of New Democracy and the Conservative Party. Alberto Costa MP gave his remarks on the meeting stating “It was a pleasure to host our guests from Greece. Greece and the United Kingdom have enjoyed very strong and positive ties, and it is now more important than ever, that we work to strengthen the links and continue to work together. Conservative Friends of Greece have made an incredibly positive contribution to this already, and I look forward to ongoing engagement in the future.” Kyriakos Mitsotakis also gave his remarks stating “We had today a very good discussion on the relationship both our nations will enjoy when the U.K. leaves the EU. Discussion of the status of Greeks in the U.K, business ties, and other matters was the beginning of a long period of dialogue.”

Discussions led to agreeing working together for the mutual benefit of businesses, that included the Greek shipping industry which has a significant presence in the U.K. as well as agricultural trade, and most significant tourism which year on year is increasing in activity in terms of visitor numbers for both the U.K and Greece. Part of the discussions brought about the current economic ties both the U.K and Greece enjoy. The United Kingdom is the 5th largest importer of Greek products, 3rd largest importer of Greek agricultural products and 2nd largest importer of Greek pharmaceuticals. Hence the need to maintain trade ties and increase business activity between both nations is essential, even after the U.K. exits the EU.

Conservative Friends of Greece are backing Alberto Costa for South Leicestershire

CFG are backing Alberto Costa for South Leicestershire.

Having been re-selected as the Conservative candidate for South Leicestershire for the 8th June 2017 British General Election.

During his two years as MP, Alberto has worked hard to raise local issues in Parliament, ensuring that South Leicestershire had a strong and representative voice in Westminster.  Often holding meetings with Ministers or held debates in Parliament on issues affecting constituents including raising the proposed development of a new prison at Glen Parva to a debate in the House of Commons about Magna Park.

Particularly, Alberto was the first South Leicestershire MP to open a dedicated Parliamentary Office in the heart of the Constituency. The office helped hundreds of individual constituents, families, local schools, businesses and charities. It served as a focal point for the constituents of South Leicestershire and ensured strong democratic ties between local people and Parliament. Alberto pledges that, if re-elected, he will re-open the Parliamentary Office to once again offer the local community a range of Parliamentary assistance.

If re-elected, Alberto will continue to work hard for the people of South Leicestershire, raise local issues at the highest levels of Government and prioritise the concerns of constituents in order to ensure that their voices are heard and their views taken into account when government decisions are being made.

A vote for Alberto will ensure that your voice is heard, help the local South Leicestershire community and strengthen the United Kingdom as we exit from the EU.

Conservative Friends of Greece campaign with PM Theresa May ahead of Copeland and Stoke by-elections

Yesterday saw Conservative Friends of Greece (CFG) members help with the Stoke and Copeland by-elections, whilst campaigning alongside PM Theresa May. The evening saw a number of CFG members come out in support of our candidates Trudy Harrison and Jack Brereton, that both are fighting to the core for a win in both constituencies.

Meanwhile the PM Theresa May paid thanks to all those, including CFG, who turned up to CCHQ and made phone calls and pushed for people to back and vote Conservative.

Conservative Friends of Greece campaigning with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, for the last day of Stoke and Copeland by-election’s

Today saw Conservative Friends of Greece (CFG) members help with the last day of campaigning for the Stoke and Copeland by-elections, whilst campaigning alongside Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The evening saw a number of CFG members come out in support of our candidates Trudy Harrison and Jack Brereton, that both are fighting to the core for a win in both constituencies.

Meanwhile the Boris Johnson paid thanks to all those, including CFG, who turned up to CCHQ and made phone calls and pushed for people to back and vote Conservative.