[NEWS] It’s up to EU to avoid no-deal Brexit, says UK foreign minister – Loganspace AI

[NEWS] It’s up to EU to avoid no-deal Brexit, says UK foreign minister – Loganspace AI

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Britain’s international minister on Thursday pressed the European Union to amend the terms of Britain’s EU withdrawal agreement, announcing Brussels would maintain to seize responsibility for a no-deal Brexit if it does now not compromise.

In an interview with Reuters all the plot via a discuss over with to Mexico Metropolis, International Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned the British authorities wanted to go the European Union with a deal, but would abolish so with out one if EU negotiators did now not alter their stance.

“If the quandary from the EU is that the withdrawal agreement can’t be changed – whether or now not it’s add-ons or subtractions – plump end, which is their quandary this day, then let’s face it, they’ll be taking the choice to peep the UK go on no-deal terms, and that’s a responsibility they’ll maintain to endure,” Raab mentioned.

The European Union has mentioned the withdrawal agreement negotiated by the earlier British administration is now not going to be re-opened, however the brand new authorities below High Minister Boris Johnson wants a contentious so-called Irish “backstop” scrapped.

A provision recommend by Brussels, the backstop targets to set the border between the Republic of Eire and British-ruled Northern Eire open, and would oblige Britain to obey some EU principles if no replace association could additionally be agreed.

Its opponents in Britain’s ruling Conservative Occasion look the measure as an unacceptable loss of U.K. sovereignty.

Raab mentioned “the backstop, indubitably in its most modern assign, is undemocratic and it’s something that can must still be removed.”

The evident replace, Raab mentioned, used to be to straggle in opposition to an “operational backstop” that ensured that “any tests that are done wouldn’t be on the border” but could additionally very smartly be managed with “expertise and goodwill and operational cooperation.”

The minister took a firm line when requested if there were any instances below which Britain would countenance now not leaving the European Union on Oct. 31, as is at this time foreseen.

“The prime minister’s been very determined, we’ll go on the dwell of October, ideally with a take care of our EU partners,” Raab mentioned. “But in any tournament, within the event that they don’t straggle, there’s no movement or flexibility from the EU facet, then we’ll go on what’s called WTO (World Commerce Group) terms.”

Raab, who took space of enterprise two weeks ago, used to be in Mexico as piece of a discuss over with to North The US to enhance Britain’s financial ties with the quandary. Arguing there were “enormous opportunities” for commerce and investment with Mexico, he mentioned it used to be too early to forecast how like a flash a joint free commerce deal could additionally very smartly be sealed.


Conception polls recommend Brexit is placing lines on the stability of the UK.

A watch by polling firm YouGov of 892 Conservative Occasion individuals showed Brexit used to be more main to them than keeping Scotland and Northern Eire within the UK.

In the interim, a ballotpublished this week showed that there used to be more strengthen in Scotland for leaving the UK than there used to be for staying piece of it.

When requested whether or now not Scotland’s departure from the UK used to be an indication worth paying for Brexit, Raab mentioned:

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s International Secretary Dominic Raab participates in joint news convention with U.S. Secretary of Negate Mike Pompeo on the Negate Department in Washington, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

“I don’t compile that prognosis or these assumptions for a 2nd. The largest possibility to the union will be to maintain a 2nd (Brexit) referendum due to the that can maybe presumably empower the SNP (Scottish Nationwide Occasion) with their argument for independence.”

The separatist SNP controls Scotland’s devolved regional authorities, and lost a 2014 referendum on Scottish independence that on the time used to be billed as a as soon as-in-a-generation vote.

Nevertheless, within the 2016 Brexit referendum, some 62% of Scottish voters elected to remain piece of the EU. The SNP argues that since Scotland is being taken out of the EU in opposition to its will, its voters desires to be consulted again on independence.

Reporting by Dave Graham and Frank Jack Daniel; enhancing by Susan Thomas and Grant McCool