In addition to the economic and trade issues that can be considered meaningful, the discussion of Viktor Orbán and Boris Johnson in London may be important for the new British relations with the EU and for the relative consensus on global opening, Infostart referring to preliminary expert opinions. According to them, the issue of the British authorities’ treatment of Hungarian citizens may also be a key issue for the Hungarian side.
According to Kim Darroch, Britain’s former EU ambassador, the Hungarian prime minister is not an “extremely useful” partner for the British government, but overall he can only support Johnson “negotiating with any EU leader” in the current situation. However, according to several analysts
the British government will certainly benefit from a partner that is ready to take on the conflict with the institutions of the European Union.
At the same time, Hungary is considered to be the engine of cooperation in the Visegrád, which may further increase the value of cooperation. The British government spokesman, who emphasized the importance of British-Visegrad co-operation against organized crime and described the British-Hungarian relationship as crucial to the security and prosperity of the United Kingdom.
As the Index has already written, a spokesman for Boris Johnson condemned Viktor Orbán’s earlier statements about Muslims and immigrants. He mentioned that Orbán spoke of “Muslim invaders” and called the immigrants “poison”. As you said:
we are not cowards to mention human rights issues. Boris Johnson has already condemned comments that were divisive and inappropriate.
In terms of economics, Hungarian companies are active in the markets of telecommunications equipment, electrical machinery, the pharmaceutical industry and manufacturing products, and they appear as a noticeable partner from the British point of view.