United Kingdom to set out more details of Brexit plans on Tuesday: minister

Saul Bowman
July 27, 2018

Insisting there was no sidelining, Raab said later there was no tension and that he will attend all meetings with May.

Mr Raab appeared alongside the Prime Minister' Europe adviser Olly Robbins in front of MPs amid increasing Brexiteer concerns about the influence of the senior civil servant.

Only Russian President Vladimir Putin would welcome a no-deal Brexit, Jeremy Hunt has said.

"Britain will find that challenging but in the end we will find a way not just to survive but to thrive economically", he said.

"I think that many people in the European Union are thinking that they just have to wait long enough and Britain will blink", Hunt said.

Speaking in the northern English city of Newcastle, May told factory workers that Britain was making sure it was ready for a no-deal Brexit but that she was working to get an agreement that the British parliament would support.

"I am going to bring to (Michel) Barnier and to the whole enterprise as much energy as I can".

"It's right that we say, because we don't know what the outcome is going to be, we think it's going to be a good one, we are working for a good one, but let's prepare for every eventuality".

Part of the Government's planning involves securing supplies of food and medicines.

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May said DExEU will continue to lead on all of the government's preparations for Brexit: domestic preparations in both a deal and a no-deal scenario, all of the necessary legislation, and preparations for the negotiations to implement the detail of the Future Framework.

About 52 percent of Britain's total US$1.1 trillion trade in goods past year was with the European Union and some investors have said such a chaotic scenario would seriously damage both the economies of Britain and the European Union over the short term.

But he said the plan was a "road map" to the "sunlit uplands" of a final deal which respects the referendum result.

"We are continuing to prepare the legislation needed to implement the withdrawal agreement in United Kingdom law and we will publish a white paper tomorrow setting out more details on this", Martin Callanan told the upper house of Britain's parliament.

Unveiling the plans in a white paper in the House of Commons, Mr Raab described it as "another key milestone in the UK's path to leaving the EU".

Mr Hunt warned about the dangers of the United Kingdom and European Union accidentally stumbling into a "no deal" scenario, adding that if that happened "the only person rejoicing would be Putin".

Both sides say they want to finalise a deal in October to give the United Kingdom and European parliaments time to approve it before Britain's departure from the EU on March 29.

The two sides want to strike an initial withdrawal agreement by late October, in order to give parliament enough time to endorse it, before reaching a broader deal on their future relationship.

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