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President

Prime Minister

János Áder (Fidesz party, since 2012)

Viktor Orbán (Fidesz party, since 2010)

Population 9,819,463
Size 93,030 km2 (57,906 sq mi)
MEPs 21 (joined the EU in 2004)
Next presidential election

Next legislative election

2022

2018

Presidency of the Council July – December 2024
Last meeting with Theresa May 9 November 2016
Brexit priorities One of Hungary’s main priorities is to protect the rights of over 200,000  citizens living in the UK.

Furthermore, due to the influx of refugees, the Hungarian Government seeks support on stricter border controls around Europe.

The UK and Hungary have recently set up a British Hungarian Business Council to promote investment from British countries in Hungary. P

rime Minister Viktor Orbán is seen as a potential ally for the UK as he is very critical of the EU and seeks to retrieve some powers from the EU to its member states.

What Mr Orbán said on Brexit 27 June 2016

Brexit was a result of “uncertainty, paralysis … of slowly being unable to feel at home in Europe.”

21 October 2016

“Hungary definitely would not like to see any revenge on the British. We are a democratic country and we accept that democratically another country’s population decided to leave.”

9 November 2016

“So it is in our interest that the trade aspect of British-Hungarian relations should continue to be open and free in the future.”

26 January 2017

“There will be the constant danger in the future in the European Union, a kind of temptation following the British that getting out of the European Union… could result in a better position for you than staying in the European Union,”

Hungary’s priorities The Prime Minister indicated after his re-election that his focus would be on pursuing national interests.

The Government’s priorities are to lift the EU’s punitive measures against Russia and to tackle immigration by holding immigrants in detention centres to stop them traveling through Europe.

The Hungarian Government has also been criticised by other EU leaders and institutions for its 2011 media law and newly introduced constitution.

Viktor Orbán is one of the few leaders to publicly support President Donald Trump.

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