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Madeira’s President Miguel Albuquerque said today that without health professionals working in the UK, the British system would “collapse”.

The Madeiran ruler spoke to journalists in Câmara de Lobos, on the side-lines of the ceremony of delivery of 40 grants from among the 80 applications submitted under the Rural Development Program (PRODERAM 2010), which represent an investment in the order of 500 thousand euros.

When asked if the impact of the so-called Skripal case could affect the significant community of Madeiran emigrants in the United Kingdom, Miguel Albuquerque stated that he “has no implication” and said that “there will be no problem.”

According to the official, the Madeiran community “is well integrated” and is even “fundamental” for that country.

“For example, the British health service, if it were not for our health professionals who are working there, would collapse,” he said.

The president of the Regional Government also said that Portugal is “in a European framework and NATO allies” (English acronym for North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

“I think Portugal does not have to have a follow-up position in relation to any country,” he said.

On March 14, the UK announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from British territory and the freezing of bilateral relations with Russia in response to the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergeant Skripal with neurotoxic gas on March 4 in English town of Salisbury.