UK minister warns EU not to undermine the unity of Britain
Britain’s Brexit minister warned the European Union on Monday against trying to undermine the unity of the United Kingdom.
Iran Press/Europe: according to Reuters, Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab told the Conservative Party conference in the English city of Birmingham: “If the only offer from the EU threatens the integrity of our Union then we will be left with no choice but to leave with no deal.”
Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab delivers his keynote address to the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Britain.
“What is unthinkable is that this government, or any British government, could be bullied by the threat of some kind of economic embargo, into signing a one-sided deal against our country’s interests,” Raab said.
“I find it hard to believe that they would, for narrow political ends, seek to punish Britain in such a crass and counterproductive way,” Britain’s Brexit minister said.
In Sep. 03, EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that companies will face disruption to their supply chains if Britain leaves the European Union without securing continued access to the bloc’s single market or a customs union.
Raab called on European Union leaders to start to compromise in talks over Britain’s exit from the EU, as time runs out for a deal to be done.
“If the EU want a deal, they need to get serious. And they need to do it now,” Britain’s Brexit minister stated.
He said the EU’s approach to talks so far had seen “a starkly one-sided approach to negotiation” which had left “no room for serious compromise”.
The uncertainty about Brexit deepened in July when Barnier rejected key proposals from a plan submitted by British Prime Minister Theresa May earlier that month. May’s so-called white paper also sparked domestic controversies and caused two senior ministers in her cabinet, including Raab’s predecessor David Davis, to resign.
Fears have grown among the public that Britain could face serious shortage of foods and other basic items in case it fails to reach a withdrawal agreement with the EU.
May has said that there are still chances to avoid a no-deal Brexit but she insists that Britain would not accept a bad deal.