|Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca (Labour Party, since 2014)
Joseph Muscat (Labour Party, since 2013)
|Size||316 km2 (122 sq miles)|
|MEPs||6 (joined the EU in 2004)|
|Next presidential election
Next legislative election
|Presidency of the Council||January – June 2017|
|Last meeting with Theresa May||20 September 2016|
|Brexit priorities||Malta will play a key role at the start of the Brexit negotiations as it will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU when Theresa May triggers Article 50. It will be Malta’s task to seek common ground among the remaining 27 Member States at the start of the negotiations.|
|What Mr Muscat said on Brexit||3 October 2016
“Even the most pro-UK countries – the Netherlands, Estonia, Ireland – say you cannot have your cake and eat it… Expect the format to be more or less like what happened with Greece.”
12 January 2017
“We would be really playing with fire if the European parliament is not part of the wider workings of the deal.”
Maltese Finance Minister, Edward Scicluna, on 12 January 2017
“I agree both that the UK and the EU will suffer. But the point is who is going to blink first. It’s going to be the UK.”
18 January 2017
“We want a fair deal for the United Kingdom, but that deal necessarily needs to be inferior to membership.”
|Malta’s priorities||Malta currently holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Priorities of the Maltese Government in Europe are migration, the Digital Single Market, security, social inclusion, the stabilisation of Europe’s southern neighbours and maritime affairs.
At home the Government wants to deliver on its promise to achieve national unity that knows no political tribalism, and the messages of ‘courage’ and ‘hope.’
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