"Cyprus is one of the countries most exposed to Brexit due to our legal and financial systems and our extended historical ties with the UK. So, throughout the negotiations we aim to ensure that trade, commerce and investment issues are addressed in a way that will have no negative impact on Cyprus' economy considering that the UK is Cyprus’ second largest trading partner," the president said.
The Greek Foreign Ministry told Sputnik in April this year that about 250,000 Greek Cypriots are residing in the United Kingdom. According to a 2011 UK census, over 77,000 Cypriots were living in the United Kingdom at the time.
The European Commission's Brexit talks directives adopted on Monday emphasized the rights of EU citizens in the United Kingdom as one its main priorities.
As of 2015, the United Kingdom was Cyprus' third largest export partner, responsible for 7.2 percent of all exports volume, and the second largest import partner, responsible for 9.1 percent of the all imports volume.