With the rise of nationalism across Europe and the European Union facing is the biggest crisis since its inception, Sobotka has arranged the meetings to take place in February that will discuss the Czech Republic’s future within the EU. They will also discuss their relationship with Great Britain in a post-Brexit world.

Czech Prime Minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, organized the meetings with political leaders from all parties in the Czech parliament last week to discuss the position of the Czech Republic in Europe.

The meeting is also arranged to discuss its relationship with Britain in a post-Brexit world. This came after the British Prime Minister, Theresa May signaled that she would opt for a hard Brexit and sever all ties to the European Union’s single market. Whilst this doesn’t necessarily leave the Czech Republic with any major headaches, it does pose an interesting debate on free movement of Czechs in the UK and vice versa and the Czech Republic will need to create some sort of agreement with the UK on movement of people.

Trouble across Europe

Regardless of whether Marie Le Pen wins the next French election, which is becoming increasingly likely, France will soon hold a referendum on its EU membership and this could be the final straw in the unraveling of the European project. A widely respected poll in France estimated that France has a disapproval rating of the EU of over 60%, compared to Britain’s 48% before the Brexit vote. EU critics say that the Netherlands, Italy and Greece will be the next to leave the EU which would all but destroy the Union.

“It seems that the Prime Minister listened to my proposal for a meeting of representatives of relevant political parties to try to agree a united and strong Czech national position that will be promoted in Europe after Brexit. Because in Europe we are only as strong as we are united at home. This decision of the Prime Minister is responsible and we look forward to meeting, to be held in mid-February”, said Petr Fiala – Leader of the Civic Democrats.

“I plan to discuss with them the priorities of our government in relation to the Brexit. I want to make plans toward this important negotiation in order to defend the rights of Czech citizens and the interests of Czech companies have clear support in Parliament. Therefore, it is important to talk with the opposition. I would prefer also to actively help us and all the Czech MEPs, the meeting then plan with them.” Czech Prime Minister, Bohuslav Sobotka said.

The meetings are set for the 21st and 23rd of February in parliament.


Photo: Petr Hloušek, Právo