Anti-Brexit protesters wave EU and Union flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls Anti-Brexit protesters wave EU and Union flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

EU: Britain will suffer most if there is a no-deal Brexit

By: MENA
Wed, Sep. 18, 2019
BRUSSELS, Sept 18 (MENA) - The European Union is ready for a no-deal Brexit and Britain would suffer most under such a scenario, Brussels has said.

European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said no-deal would never be the bloc's preferred outcome, Sky News reported.

"This will obviously cause significant disruption both for citizens and for businesses and this will have a serious negative economic impact," Ms Bertaud said, referring to a no-deal Brexit.

"That would be proportionally much greater in the United Kingdom than it would be in the EU 27 states." she added.

She cited European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as having said that if it a no-deal Brexit happened "it is the British who will unfortunately be the biggest losers".

The comments come after a British government document detailing the potential impacts of a no-deal divorce was leaked at the weekend.

According to the Operation Yellowhammer assessment published in The Sunday Times, Britain could be hit with a three-month "meltdown" at its ports, a hard Irish border and shortages of food and medicine.

Downing Street said on Monday that the dossier was "out of date" and the government was "making all necessary preparations ahead of 31 October".

A "large-scale public information campaign" is expected to begin shortly, Number 10 said.
 
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