But Dr Kumin’s comments show that capitals in Europe are beginning to fear the consequences of a no deal on their economies already hit badly by the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “We all have a lot to lose on both sides. It’s also the interest of the EU, sometimes it feels like we forget this, to have an agreement.”
He highlighted the impact on car makers who produce around 400,000 vehicles a year in Hungary for big producers including Mercedes-Benz, Suzuki, Audi, BMW, Skoda, SEAT, Volkswagen, Fiat, Ford, Chevrolet, Citroen, Peugeot, Renault and Opel, many of which end up in the British market.
He said: “We are the producers of many, many automotive products, cars, premium cars which are well considered here in the UK market. We do not want to have any hit to this industry because that will hit immediately the Hungarian economy as a whole.