Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico said Sunday that it was unlikely that Britain would reverse its decision to leave the European Union.
It would be best if the British stayed, Fico said in an interview for Czech television station CT, but that was more of a theoretical rather than a practical idea at this point.
"I cannot imagine that British politicians would oppose the decision of the voters in the referendum," the 51-year-old prime minister said during a visit to the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary.
Slovakia took over the six-month rotating EU presidency on Friday.
Fico said the EU could emerge stronger from the British decision, popularly known as a Brexit.
"As the head of the government that chairs the union, I would like to see the Brexit as a great chance for an interesting debate," the social democrat politician said.
There was no reason for restlessness as everything had been done to keep the British in the EU, he stressed.