“We have the oldest alliance in the world with the United Kingdom and it will carry on long after what will be the departure of the UK from the European Union”, the Prime Minister told reporters.

António Costa added that Portugal “will do everything to ensure all the rights of the Portuguese community in the UK” are guaranteed, along with “all the rights of the British citizens who live, visit or invest in Portugal.”

The Prime Minister also called on the remaining 27 EU member states to reflect on what these “results mean and the need for us to respond to the concerns of Europe’s citizens.”