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France's foreign minister says no-deal Brexit now 'most likely'

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France's foreign minister says no-deal Brexit now 'most likely'
France's foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. Photo: AFP
17:57 CEST+02:00
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday that he considered a no-deal Brexit "the most likely scenario" as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pressed ahead with his quest to leave the EU on October 31st, with or without a divorce agreement.

"It's the most likely scenario," Le Drian told reporters in Paris when asked about the prospect of Britain crashing out of the union without a deal  on the movement of goods and people in and out of the Europe.

Le Drian said "there will be drawbacks, that's inevitable", citing fisheries as one of the issues that could cause tensions between Britain and France.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons, where he faces rebellion from his own MPs. Photo: AFP

But even if Britain's 46-year membership of the EU does come to an abrupt halt next month, Le Drian said: "There will have to be discussions at some point, even if only about landing airplanes and the Eurostar (cross-Channel rail service)."

He also repeated France's opposition to any further postponement of Britain's departure date, barring a game-changing event in British politics  such as early elections.

His remarks came as Johnson engaged in a showdown on Tuesday in parliament with opposition MPs and Conservative Party who are trying to prevent him taking Britain out of the EU without a deal.

Johnson on Monday repeated his determination to leave the EU on October 31st "no ifs or buts."

 
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Boggy - 04 Sep 2019 08:24
Everything changed after last nights vote. Get yourself up to date for heaven's sake.
Paul Roberts - 04 Sep 2019 16:18
A tad harsh, Boggy.
With things changing by the moment, it's asking a bit much of a small scale publisher to digest, write a response, and promulgate the news before the lights have gone off.
Anyone can tap into social media sites and get a 'latest' version of events, but rarely are these versions either accurate, factual, or informative. Of course, this doesn't stop people forwarding such speculation or nonsense to everyone on their contact list.
At times like these; it beholds us all to give a little air to any statement, proclamation, or opinion before accepting it as anything other than subjective.
Facts, on the other hand, are precious. They are imperative to good decision making.
By definition all reporting is history and history is both dynamic and subject to change. Rarely does history prove to be without nuance.
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