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Malta calls for ‘sensible’ Brexit deal for Britain

Malta’s prime minister has called for a ‘sensible’ Brexit deal for Britain.

Joseph Muscat made the announcement as he met with Theresa May in Downing Street.

He visited Westminster for talks with the British prime minister ahead of a European Union summit in Austria this week.

Mrs May talked Dr Muscat through her Chequers blueprint in a bid to win Malta’s support for it.

He said Malta and Britain would always remain close no matter what.

Dr Muscat told reporters: ‘We look forward to continue to strengthen Malta’s relationship with the United Kingdom.

‘We want the future to be a stable future and when it comes to our shared history we want to make sure that the outcome of Brexit is one that is sensible.’

Mrs May said: ‘Malta and the UK have worked very well together over the years and have long and important historic ties.

‘As well as Brexit, we will be discussing some of the other issues we work closely together on, in terms of Europe, migration and also the Commonwealth.’

Earlier, Dr Muscat held talks with Tony Blair, who has called for another referendum on the terms of any Brexit deal.

Mr Blair said the ‘sensible’ option was to ‘take a final decision’ once the terms of the agreement have been set out.

Britain is due to leave the EU in March next year, after months of negotiations with Brussels.