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Continuing smooth legal cooperation between Britain and Hungary is highly important, regardless of what direction Brexit takes, Justice Minister László Trócsányi has said.

Trócsányi held talks in London with his counterpart, David Gauke, with Baroness Natalie Evans, Leader of the House of Lords, and with Bob Neill, the head of parliament’s justice select committee, who is also the head of parliament’s UK-Hungary friendship group.

Considering the large Hungarian community living in Britain and strong trade and justice links, the two countries are closely bound to each other, Trócsányi told MTI after the talks. Questions that need to be addressed in the upcoming period include the mutual recognition of diplomas and professional certificates. A political declaration outlining future UK-EU relations approved at last week’s special EU summit specifies certain directives but not the details, so one important element of the talks was to establish that it is in Hungary’s interest to maintain the current level of cooperation with London and to avoid any setbacks in areas of cooperation such as family law or criminal law. Both Gauke and Neill confirmed at the talks that it is also in Britain’s interest to maintain close ties, Trócsányi said.

In addition to professional matters, Trócsányi also highlighted the importance of not curbing the rights of Hungarians living in the UK, as also stated in the Brexit agreement approved at the recent EU summit.