Albania mention by Brexit supporters surprises PM Rama

Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama has been surprised by supporters of Britain's exit from the European Union campaign mentioning his country as an example of future ties.

In an op-ed published in The Times Tuesday, Rama considered as "odd" British Justice Secretary Michael Gove singling out Albania "as a model for the post-Brexit British economic settlement." He added it would be wrong of Britain to look to benefit from free-trade zones like a "British-Balkan Confederation."

Britain will decide in a June 23 referendum whether to leave the 28-nation bloc.

Rama said that "it is odder still that he (Gove) wants voluntarily to leave a union that seems to have given Britain so much."

Albania expects to launch EU full membership negotiations this year after getting candidate status two years ago.