New British Foreign Secretary warns of threat of chaotic Brexit

Jeremy Hunt [photo: Pete Hill]

Britain’s new Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on Monday warned during a visit to Germany, of the threat posed to the European Union by London leaving the bloc.

“There is now a very real threat of a Brexit no-deal by accident.

“This is because many people in the EU are thinking that they just have to wait long enough and Britain will blink,’’ Mr Hunt said after a meeting with German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas.

In his comments, Mr Hunt called on EU negotiators to take a more constructive role in Brexit negotiations with Britain, which is scheduled to leave the 28-member bloc on March 29, 2019.

“Without a real change in approach from the EU negotiators, we now face a real risk of a no-deal by accident, and that would be incredibly challenging economically,’’ Mr Hunt said.

He added that it could further cloud relations between Britain and Europe.

“My real fear is that it would change the British public attitude towards Europe for a generation,’’ Mr Hunt, who campaigned for Britain to remain a part of the EU in the 2016 referendum when Britons voted to end their nation’s EU membership, said.

He said Brexit would lead to a rift in the relationship that would greatly damage the partnership that London has been cultivating for many years.


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