Muscat and Johnson exchange telephone call; “Malta is fully aligned”

Luke Zerafa

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have exchanged a telephone call to discuss Malta’s position on Brexit.

Muscat reiterated that while Malta’s preference is for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union with a deal, Malta is fully aligned with the unified European Union position.

The call also involved a Brexit process and also on bilateral and Commonwealth relations.

Read: Brexit: Extension must be interests of Malta and EU – Muscat

 ‘All depends on our EU friends and partners’

Two days ago, speaking to the BBC during his appearance at the G7 Summit in France, Johnson said that a deal or no-deal Brexit ‘all depends on our EU friends and partners’.

The comment marks a slight change from his earlier statement that Brexit without a deal would’ve been, ‘a million to one’.

‘I think it’s going to be touch and go. But the important thing is to get ready to come out without a deal,’ Johnson added.

Read: UK departure deal from EU now ‘touch and go’- Johnson

The British Prime Minister also added that the chances of a deal are improving, “but there’s got to be a great deal of realism on the part of our friend that the Withdrawal Agreement is dead”.

Muscat also met with former UK PM Theresa May

Last February, Muscat met with former UK Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss the latest news on Brexit yesterday. According to a statement, Muscat had also spent the day in London meeting “potential investors” considering Malta as their next business destination.

Read: Maltese and UK Prime Ministers discuss Brexit

The month before, Muscat said that the Government has a contingency plan and is currently preparing for the financial impact to Malta in the case of a no-deal Brexit in Parliament on Wednesday. This will be of around €6 million a year paid to the European Union, as well as €12 million more in dues.

Read: ‘Malta prepared for Brexit financial impact’ – PM