: Ukraine cautious over possible visa liberalisation delay after Brexit

11:05 Jun. 24, 2016

Ukraine cautious over possible visa liberalisation delay after Brexit

U.K. has voted to leave the E.U. (GettyImages Photo)

Ukrainian MP Iryna Herashchenko says, E.U. will likely focus on internal affairs and ignore the rest

The U.K. has voted to leave the E.U. after 43 years in the Union. The historic referendum, which has been called by many "a mistake" and "a catastrophe" for Europe, might also affect Ukraine.

Kyiv expects the decision on the visa liberalisation, which was going to be discussed by the European Parliament this summer, to be delayed.

 Read also: EUobserver: Brexit vote will delay decision on EU-Ukraine deal, says Rutte

"Serious internal problems are killing the popularity of current European leaders, making them focus on the situation within the E.U., so they will ignore everything that is happening outside the Union", Ukrainian MP Iryna Herashchenko posts on Facebook.

The MP adds, average Europeans have yet to realise, they will have to pay "heavy price" for the populism and irresponsibility of their politicians. However, Herashchenko insists, Ukraine will keep demanding the E.U. fulfills its part of the visa agreement.

"Despite the negative consequences Brexit will cause for Ukraine, we shouldn't give up. We will fight for our Euroatlantic future, because there is no other way for Ukraine", she says.

Read also: Guardian: No Russia sanctions without U.K. in E.U. - British Defence Ministry

The referendum, which decided the fate of U.K.'s membership in the E.U. took place on June 23, 2016. The Leave camp won by 52% to 48% with England and Wales voting strongly for Brexit, while London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed staying in the E.U. Leave won by 52% to 48% with England and Wales voting strongly for Brexit, while London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed staying in the E.U.

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