HUNGARY has hinted it wants to begin its own trade talks with Britain independent of the European Union in a major snub for the Brussels club.
Zoltan Kovacs, the Hungarian Government’s spokesperson has told a press conference in London on Monday that it was hoping to keep strong ties to the UK as “the British contribution to the EU will be missing”.
He said: “I never suggested that Hungary is not willing to talk about bilateral forms of cooperation – even at the same time with Brexit negotiations.
“Through the Hungarian ambassador, the Foreign Ministry or economic institutions the Hungarian prospective and interest could be observed.”
Bilateral negotiation is a process of making offers and counter offers by two parties of agents with the aim of finding an acceptable agreement.
Mr Kovacs has previously blasted the EU for failing to protect its borders, leaving Hungary vulnerable to illegal migrants.
The strain on the nation led to a huge barbed wire fence being installed along the border, with guards being armed with rubber bullets to shoot at those who tried to storm barriers.
Last month Mr Kovacs called Brussels “naïve” for failing to install borders at more pressure points, with members leaving the EU open for a “free ride” to migrants.
He added: “We have one interest in focus: to provide security to those Hungarians who already live and work here and acquired some rights.”