Monday, 16 September, 2019

European Union executive: No-deal Brexit "very distinct possibility"

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Russell Knight | 04 September, 2019, 11:00

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to take his country out of the European Union (EU) on october 31 with or without an agreement with the regional bloc.

She asked Johnson about reports that the crime solictor's office in Belfast had advised the government "that a no-deal Brexit would be in contravention of the Good Friday Agreement" and called for the government to publish in full any legal advice he had received on this.

"Our working assumption is that there will be Brexit on October 31", European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said.

Ministers are continuing to move forward with Brexit preparations, with the Chancellor allocating an extra £2.1 billion for government departments last month to prepare for no deal, and doubling Brexit funding for this year.

It was not clear how many members of Johnson's Conservative Party might break with the prime minister over a possible "no-deal" Brexit.

The Commission will reiterate that a divorce between Britain and the European Union without a deal would have a serious negative economic impact on both, but much greater on Britain.

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"And we make sure that everybody understands all the risks and eventualities, and it's by doing that.in a really wholehearted and systematic and confident way that you, of course, minimise any disruption that might take place in the unlikely eventuality of you having to come out on WTO [World Trade Organisation] terms".

"In the event of a no-deal Brexit, and in the absence of replacement agreements (rollover deals), the United Kingdom would abruptly lose preferential access to these markets and, by default, would have to export under World Trade Organization Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariffs", the report stated.

It will include a possibility to grant emergency aid to businesses and countries affected through an EU Solidarity Fund - normally reserved for natural disasters - and another fund targeting communities suffering from job losses stemming from changes to trade patterns in a globalised world. "They are running down the clock".

Michael Gove said: "Ensuring an orderly Brexit is not only a matter of national importance, but a shared responsibility".

"London doesn't seem to be treating the island of Ireland as a single economic area anymore", said another diplomat.

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