Following the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the Philippine government expressed hopes Tuesday, June 28, it will maintain close ties with both of them.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the UK decided to leave the EU through a transparent and democratic process.
“The Philippines looks forward to continuing its ties with both the United Kingdom and the European Union towards a more prosperous future,” it said.
Also, the DFA said the Philippines respects the UK’s decision, “as a nation that shares with the United Kingdom adherence to democratic principles and the rule of law.”
It said the Philippines deeply values its relationship with the UK, which it said has been growing steadily and from strength to strength in the past 70 years.
Bilateral trade between the Philippines and the United Kingdom reaches about $1.8 billion per year, focusing on vibrant sectors that capitalize on both countries’ advantages, particularly in manufacturing and agricultural sectors.
The DFA added the UK is already home to some 200,000 Filipinos and Filipino-British citizens, and in 2015, we welcomed 154,589 British tourists to our shores.
On the other hand, the DFA said the Philippines also deeply values its relations with the European Union both bilaterally and as a part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. (MC)