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Britain's Hammond says no-deal Brexit would harm its people

 

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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves 11 Downing Steet in London, Britain, December 17, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond said it would be against British people's interests to leave the European Union without an exit deal, but declined to say how the government would respond if parliament refused to back its Brexit plans.

 

With less than three months before Britain is due to leave the EU, Britain's parliament on Wednesday began a five-day debate over Minister Theresa May's deal with the rest of the bloc ahead of a vote in the lower house next Tuesday.

 

May has refused to retreat from her unpopular deal, whichenvisages close trading ties with the EU after leaving in March,pressing ahead with a vote she is expected to lose.

 

"I firmly believe that my job is to look after the welfare and interests of the British people and I conclude that it would not be in their interests to leave without a deal," Hammond told an annual reception hosted by European planemaker Airbus.

 

British lawmakers earlier on Wednesday demanded the government come up with a plan B within days if she loses the vote on her deal to leave the European Union.

 

Asked how in that situation the government would prevent a 'no-deal' Brexit, Hammond told Reuters: "We are very determined that we need a deal. We need a deal that allows us to continue to co-operate and to have a smooth and orderly exit and we'll make sure that we do."

 

May's allies have said there is no 'plan B' that would break the parliamentary deadlock.

 

Hammond was speaking after Airbus <AIR.PA> Chief Executive Tom Enders stepped up pressure on decision-makers to end months of uncertainty over the terms for Britain's departure.

 

The company, which employs 14,000 people in Britain and builds most of its commercial airplane wings there, has spent tens of millions of euros on contingency plans including extra stockpiling of parts in anticipation of border delays.

 

"What we and many other British businesses need most urgently, is for politicians from all sides to come together and pass a pragmatic agreement that allows an orderly Brexit," Enders said, with Hammond and other politicians in the audience.

 

"We don't see any specific benefits in the current deal. It's just a lot less bad than a 'no deal'," he added.

 

A so-called 'hard Brexit' with no deal could have consequences for future Airbus investment in Britain, Enders said, reiterating previous warnings.

 

Responding to Enders' comments in a speech, Hammond said the government's job was to ensure "that it will be business logic that keeps you here in the years ahead."

 

Airbus is planning for a no-deal Brexit as its "baseline" scenario, according to a November staff memo.

 

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; editing by Grant McCool)

 
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"plan B"?

 

Plan C if they have the nerve.

 

 

 

 

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JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) just announced 5,000 redundancies.

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The company has sounded some of the most urgent warnings among UK manufacturers about the damage that Brexit uncertainty was doing to investment in the UK.

In July last year, the company said it needed more certainty around Brexit in order to continue investing in its UK operations and warned that a "no-deal" Brexit would cost the company more than £1.2bn in profit each year.

Most commentators have concluded that the chance of a no-deal Brexit have increased with the governor of the Bank of England recently describing the probability as "uncomfortably high".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46810473

 

 

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I firmly believe that my job is to look after the welfare and interests of the British people and I conclude that it would not be in their interests to leave without a deal.

 

After of course my old Etonian chums fellow millionaires especially foreign ones tax havens and my wine cellar with the only caveat being the expats who we have successfully hung out to dry after throwing them under Boris's Brexit bus with our never ending party infighting 🤔  

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27 minutes ago, sammieuk1 said:

I firmly believe that my job is to look after the welfare and interests of the British people and I conclude that it would not be in their interests to leave without a deal.

 

After of course my old Etonian chums fellow millionaires especially foreign ones tax havens and my wine cellar with the only caveat being the expats who we have successfully hung out to dry after throwing them under Boris's Brexit bus with our never ending party infighting 🤔  

I wonder, Squire, if you would be so kind as to translate this mish-mash into ...er...English.

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51 minutes ago, leither69 said:

It would indeed be against the best interests of the British people to leave without a deal or leave at all as many more now seem to think.

 THE MANY MORE ARE WHO?

Latest poll says 46% want to remain, 39% want to leave (and 15% don't know, or don't care).

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ANY kind of Brexit will harm the people as businesses continue to warn. My main concern would be the value of the baht if a no deal Brexit comes about 

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