Monday, 23 July 2018

Brexit: Jeremy Hunt warns European Union of 'no deal by accident'

Jeremy Hunt has warned that without a "change in approach from the EU negotiators", there is now a "very real risk of a Brexit no deal by accident".

The foreign secretary said "many" in the EU believed they just had to "wait long enough and Britain will blink" but "that's not going to happen".

He warned of "unintended geopolitical consequences" with just Vladimir Putin "rejoicing" if there was no deal.

Germany's foreign minister says it wants a deal "not a disorderly Brexit".

Heiko Maas, who held talks with Mr Hunt in Berlin, said: "We know that everyone has to make mutual concessions to get this deal.
"We know that the European Union has its interests, overall interests, so not just individual member-states but EU institutions.

"And of course Britain doesn't want to unnecessarily complicate framework conditions for economic activity, but also security questions, or our foreign policy cooperation.

"It becomes more difficult anyway as a non-member of the European Union.

"So, we've agreed we will prepare bilaterally for the time after Brexit."

Mr Hunt said a no deal would be "challenging" but the UK would still "thrive economically".

BBC           News.