Government defends stand it took on backing UK in EU

HarshaThe Government today backed the decision it took to support the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union (EU).

Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsh de Silva said that the decision was taken in the best interest of Sri Lanka’s economy.

He said that Sri Lanka’s future has a dependence on the world economy especially since Sri Lanka is looking to export apparel to the EU under the GSP trade concession scheme to which Britain is also a member.

The British public today voted for the UK to leave the EU and as a result Sri Lanka will now need to look at having a separate trade deal with Britain.

The opposition, in Parliament today, questioned the decision taken by the Government to send a team to UK to gather the support of Sri Lankans in the UK to vote for Britain remaining in the EU.

Opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena said that the Sri Lankan delegation had attempted to support British Prime Minister David Cameron’s campaign but failed.

Dr. Harsh de Silva and Minister Harin Fernando as well as former Minister Rosy Senanayake met the Sri Lankan diaspora in London recently and urged them to vote in favour of keeping the UK in the EU.

The Deputy Foreign Minister said that while Sri Lanka’s efforts had failed the country will now look to sign a free trade agreement with Britain.

He said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will brief Parliament soon on the trade deal Sri Lanka will look to reach with Britain. (Colombo Gazette)

11 COMMENTS

  1. There was NO need for Yahapalana Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Parliamentarians to go to UK and campaign the Sri Lanka Britons to vote in favour of PM Cameron’s support for UK to stay in the EU. Sri Lanka has violated the Covenants of International Law and International Relations. No doubt we are having a Foreign Ministry that is malfunctioning and Sri Lankan diplomats posted abroad doing “sweet all nothing” and enjoying the perks provided, educating their children abroad and now trying to gather support from the Sri Lankan diaspora to celebrate a “SRI LANKA DAY” on the 17th., of August 2016, as instructed by the FM in all the capitals in the world. Britons voting to EXIT from the EU is a great blessing to make the political situation in Sri Lanka more stable. The victory to the “EXIT BRITON” group and political peoples forces in the UK to defeat UK’s PM David Cameron should be considered politically in the domestic arena in Sri Lanka as a VICTORY for the Mahinda Rajapaksa group or the “EKAABADDA VIPAKSAYA” and the lovers of Mahinda Rajapaksa and the MAATHRUBOOMIYA who have been tormented by the EU, David Cameron and the PRO-LTTE political R2R factors of the International community, since the commencement of the separatist war in Sri Lanka in 1983 and intensified after the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009. As the saying goes – “Anugta Korade Thamanta Paladei” – Cameroon has been cursed by the God, now to suffer the same feelings and emotions of what Mahinda Rajapaksa went through at the defeat in the Presidential Elections in 2015 (in a Sri Lankan context). Cameron’s defeat should also be considered a defeat (in the same context) for President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremasinghe, because they (the Yahapalana government) sent a battery of Sri Lanka parliamentarians and Ministers supporting the Yahapalana government, both from the UNP and SLFP/UPFA parliamentarians who were not in the Mahinda Rajapaksa “EKAABADDA VIPAKSAYA” to campaign Sri Lanka domiciled in the UK who had the right to vote in this referendum, during the run-up to yesterday’s elections/REFERUNDUM to support PM Cameron. A weekend newspaper last week listed the following parliamentarians of the Yahapalana government who had visited Britain to urge British citizens of Sri Lankan origin to support PM David Cameron to vote to remain within the union. The name list went as follows: Minister Harin Fernando, Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva, former UNP MP Rosy Senanayake, Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera, Minister Susil Premajayantha and State Minister Dilan Perera. This battery of Sri Lankan politicians have been fully backed and financed from Sri Lankan taxpayers money by the Yahapalan government at a time when the poor citizens in Sri Lanka were burdened with a 15 % VAT TAX on all and every trade, consumer and service provisions in addition to an exorbitant cost of living rise in the economy and deficiencies in government budgetary management that was plaguing the poor ordinary citizens after the defeat of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government in January 2015. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s march forward to power back again and the popularity of the “EKAABADDA VIPAKSAYA” (in the Sri Lankan context) will gain momentum in the coming week and months. Noor Nizam. Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP Stalwart and Convener – The Muslim Voice.

  2. You wasted your time and tax payers money.you can’t fool British people .no one in the world would listen to a bunch of lunatics

  3. Hurray ! Moron Cameron is out, out out !!! Cameron committed ‘hara kiri’ by encouraging racism by exaggerating the immigration issue in order to get the older white people’s vote. Now he is reaping what he sowed. Good riddance. UK trying to instill Human Rghts and democracy in other countries is laughable, when their election campaigns are on false propaganda (Sri Lanka following in their footsteps), depriving the public of exercising their vote on what is true and not on ‘bogey’ men.

  4. What type of a VISA allowed these ministers to engage in politics the UK? If they violated their VISA satis, they should be blacklisted from entering UK

  5. These corrupt, selfish, thuggish, drug dealers, murderers, blood sucking (free luxury car permits, free extra govt. cars, free fuel, free food, free foreign trips, free medical in Singapore, telephone allowances, two drivers paid by tax payers, relatives as secretaries—– to name few) politicos of all sides of the parliment trying to preach Srilankan’s in UK how to vote !!!!

    Srilanka a non-aligned nation getting involved in UK politics!!

    Even the expats who were going to vote to ‘stay in’, voted to ‘leave’ after these dumbos tried to preach us.

    As usual, they have come on a shopping trip at the taxpayers expense. Saw some in Brent-cross.

  6. David Cameron, Head of the Commonwealth Nations who attended the said Conference behaved like a RABID DOG in Sri Lanka when he came to attend. He even went to break THOSAI with the Pro Eelam Northerners.
    Now the Commonwealth should be disbanded as it was exposed that brittain were shamelessly seeking entry to EU like a toothless tiger & failed miserably.

    He lied , and lied and lied against the Brexit and lost.
    So, what were roles played by Harsha De Silva, Dilan Perera, Harin Ammata h….. fernando, Susil premajayantha, Rosy Senanayake (yet in demand) & Dayasiri jayasekera.??????????

    We have a RTI……… Kindly submit report and expenses.

  7. The current Sri Lankan government doesn’t have the world knowledge. It has no idea how the British feel about accommodating the majority Europeans in the UK. I lost confident in this good governance government.

  8. Well the West planed to dominate the world through trade, but didn’t work. The EU was developed too fast without planning properly. I believe that every country must have the freedom to control its immigration. The British voted to leave, because of the uncontrollable immigration to the UK from the poor European countries. Sadly, global recession is one of the major negative aspects of this Brexit. I knew that the EU will collapse sooner or later. Because, only Germany and few other small countries are doing well in the Europe. The UK can’t provide for the rest of Europeans. Therefore, the UK has to say good bye to the EU, sooner is the better.

  9. You should have gone to help Cameron without your clothes. David Cameron is an eternal enemy of Sri Lanka. For many years he joined the LTTE Terrorists supporters and attacked Sri Lanka using so called “UN”. Now what is the difference when your government took over? We should not even call you as “Sri Lankans” for going to help this enemy of us.

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