London’s lord mayor visiting president here

The lord mayor of London meets President Luis Guillermo Solís today as part of a promotional tour at what must be an awkward time.

The lord mayor is Jeffrey Mountevans, the Fourth Baron Mountevans, an hereditary peer and a member of the House of Lords.

Mountevans was a strong supporter of the European Union during the campaign that ended Thursday with the British voting to leave the union.

London is the center of the country’s commerce, and voters within the City of London Corporation voted strongly for Britain to stay in the European Union.

The results of the vote have created uncertainty in commercial areas. Wire service reports say that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the United States and the European Union is in jeopardy despite strong support by President Barack Obama. A number of analysts say it would be virtually impossible for the European Union to finalize complicated trade negotiations with the United States, with one of its three biggest members now in the process of detaching itself, the wire report said.

Mountevans, of course, will seek to point out the commercial attractiveness of Britain and London while Solís will promote Costa Rica exports. But certainly the European situation in flux is sure to come up. Costa Rican officials now are considering what kind of trade deals can be made with the now-independent Britain. The current Central American pact with the European Union will not cover imports from Britain and Costa Rican exports there.

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