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Statement by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union


- As of midnight tonight, the United Kingdom will no longer be a member of the European Union. No county has ever left the EU, and I deeply regret that the UK is now doing so. The UK has been our close partner in the EU, and it has contributed to making the EU safer and stronger.

- Now that the day of withdrawal is upon us, it is time to look ahead and take the next step in our relationship. Sweden, and the EU, will continue to have strong ties with the UK. This is important for our economy, our security and our development in Europe.

- Even though a large and important country is leaving the EU, the EU remains strong. This is important for Sweden. Being a member of the EU is of great importance to Sweden: it makes us safer and more prosperous, and is better for our economy. As a country that strongly depends on exports, the single market – with the free movement of goods, services, capital and people – is vital to Sweden. It gives Swedish companies direct access to the world’s largest market – contributing to jobs, growth and increased welfare in Sweden.