Colombo—The Sri Lanka government which was under fire from a section of the Opposition for its failed campaign among Sri Lankans to vote for Britain to remain in the EuropeanUnion at last week’s referendum
referred to as Brexit , said it was guided purely by national interest. Deputy foreign Affairs Minister Harsha de Silva was in the UK recently along with several other ministers to urge British citizens of Sri Lankan descent to vote ‘No’
on Brexit , said that their actions were aimed at protecting Sri Lanka’s exports. 40 percent of the exports to the European Union were bought by the UK .So it was only natural to campaign against Brexit “ he noted .
Meanwhile Prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that ten per cent of the country’s foreign reserves comprised Sterling pounds, he observed that the outcome of Brexit had impacted negatively on Sri Lanka..We have also decided to enter into a trade pact with the UK , once issues pertaining in its exit from the EU is sorted out.