Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told reporters in Berlin after meeting German counterpart Heiko Maas that “there is now a very real risk of a Brexit no deal by accident”.
“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.
Maas insisted Germany too had an interest in maintaining the closest ties possible with Britain post-Brexit, while stressing that only the European Commission had the power to negotiate the terms.
As London and Brussels squared down for an intensive 12 weeks of talks before the deadline for a deal in October, Raab accused the European Union of acting “irresponsibly” and trying to ramp up pressure on the United Kingdom with their projections of what the outcome of the United Kingdom crashing out of the European Union without an agreement would be.
The financial settlement is an estimated figure that the United Kingdom is obliged to pay the European Union based on the various outstanding commitments that exist from over 45 years of European Union membership. “Frankly, it would not make us a credible partner for future global agreements”.
Asked whether he was still working on convincing cabinet colleagues, Raab said: “I want to make sure we can persuade everyone – grassroots, voters, parliamentary party and ministers, including in the cabinet – that we’ve got the best deal and the best plan to get the best deal”.
The stark conclusion comes despite earlier assurances from the UK’s former Brexit Secretary, David Davis, and EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier that the chapter of the draft Withdrawal Agreement on citizens’ rights had been finalised.
Raab who appeared on BBC One’s “The Andrew Marr Show” on Sunday, was asked about reports that the United Kingdom government was planning for Britain to stockpile medicines and food in the event of a no deal.
“People who have said the number 40 are not out by a fraction when they come to consider the number of Members who don’t like this deal on these benches and are willing to vote in line with this dislike, they are out by a factor, not a fraction”. I think it is.
Now we have another ministerial away-day trip.
Both Dublin and Brussels have vetoed any sort of physical infrastructure on the border, including smart cameras or even CCTV cameras which could help be used in remote customs checks.
Numerous rights are guaranteed under the current draft withdrawal agreement, but the committee said that Britons in Europe, as they now stand, will be worse off after Brexit.