Selin ATAY-TDO-During the wrapping-up press conference following a two-day EU summit, President of European Council Charles Michel told reporters that "of course, we hope to keep in the future a very strong strategic relationship with the UK. But the EU is ready to defend and promote its interests.

Earlier in the day, European Council President Michel extended his congratulations to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory, calling on London to vote on a proposed Brexit agreement as soon as possible.

Co-chairing the press conference with Michel, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, made it clear that the EU will have three aims in talks on the future relationship with the UK: "Zero tariffs, zero quotas and zero dumping." The EU is now ready to move to the next step of its relationship with the UK, said von der Leyen, noting that she wants this future relationship to be "as close as possible."

The final declaration, released after the Leaders ' Summit, favored Britain's agreed departure from the EU. The declaration called for a preparatory work from the EU Commission to regulate post-Brexit relations between the UK and Brussels.

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