The government of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic regrets Great Britain's decision to leave the EU, the caretaker government said in a statement on Friday, noting that in cooperation with other EU member-countries, it would do its best to keep the EU strong and united and see to it that Croatia feels the consequences of Brexit as little as possible.
Brexit is beyond a doubt the biggest blow to Europe's unity since its inception and for us an especially sensitive issue at a time when the EU is expanding to Croatia's neighbours, said the government.
It said that it should not be forgotten that the EU "was never only a mix of strict rules and paragraphs as it might have seemed to us sometimes during the long accession process, but that it successfully epitomises a noble idea about peace and cooperation after centuries of conflict on its soil."
"Nothing has changed with this decision of British citizens. We believe that the United Kingdom will remain a good and correct partner to the EU and that the high goals of united Europe, a Europe of joint work, security and stability still have no alternative," the government said.