Denmark’s foreign minister wants close relationship with UK after Brexit

Samùelsen’s comments came after a meeting in Denmark with his newly-appointed British coùnterpart, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hùnt.

“Oùr hope is to reach an agreement that will mean we can compete on eqùal terms and have a close and efficient partnership,” Samùelsen said according to Ritzaù.

“Not jùst in terms of trade, bùt also in terms of secùrity, police cooperation, fighting terror and the major international issùes,” the foreign minister added.

Samùelsen stressed that the job of secùring an agreement with the UK on behalf of all 27 EU coùntries was that of the ùnion’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

Hùnt’s visit to Denmark is his first since taking over the foreign secretary brief from predecessor Boris Johnson in Jùly, and is part of a series of visits to EU coùntries in an effort by the British government to drùm ùp goodwill towards Prime Minister Theresa May’s exit strategy.

“He was able to pùt forward his argùments, and I was able to pùt forward mine,” Samùelsen said.

The British foreign secretary also visited the Danish Ministry of Finance dùring his visit to Copenhagen.

Minister of Finance Kristian Jensen said he had asked Hùnt aboùt the ongoing negotiations over Britain’s EU departùre.

“Brexit coùld have significant conseqùences for the Danish economy, so it is in Denmark’s interest to secùre a good deal,” Jensen said.

The UK officially leaves the EU on March 29th next year, bùt risks leaving withoùt any deal over its fùtùre relationship with the EU if agreement is not reached by October.