President: «Brexit» shows us to expect the unexpected

Latvia's President Raimonds Vejonis said August 30 Britain's decision to leave the European Union shows that startling events are always just around the corner, but that the precise implications of the decision remain to be seen.

Speaking at a public discussion on what the so-called 'Brexit' vote might mean for Latvia, Vejonis said:

"This summer reminded us that we can never be fully sheltered from seemingly incredible developments. Midsummer morning came with the unexpected and sobering news that the majority of referendum participants in the UK had voted in favor of the country's withdrawal from the European Union."

While the UK had said it remained committed to maintaining good relations with EU countries including Latvia and would live up to its NATO defensive commitments, Vejonis said that the practical fallout of the decision remained unclear.

"These questions are now virtually impossible to answer, but we will
continue to analyze the situation, to draw the necessary conclusions," he said.

Meanwhile Latvia should concentrate on strengthening its own national security - and that such a term means much more than military power.

"National security means not only stronger armed forces and a secure border. National security is also building economic development, judicial strength, the cohesion of society and citizens' love their homeland. We must not forget this," the President concluded.

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