LONDON (Reuters) – British Finance Minister Philip Hammond said it would be contrary to the interests of the British people to leave the EU without an exit agreement, but declined to say what would be the case. Government's reaction if Parliament refused to support its Brexit projects.
Less than three months from the date on which Britain must leave the European Union, the British Parliament on Wednesday debated a five-day debate on the agreement reached by Minister Theresa May with the rest of the block, before a vote in the lower house next Tuesday.
May declined to withdraw from her unpopular deal, which plans close trade relations with the EU after her departure in March, advancing the vote she should lose.
"I firmly believe that my job is to look after the well-being and interests of the British people and I conclude that it would not be in his best interest to leave without an agreement," Hammond said at a reception. organized by the European Airbus planner.
Earlier Wednesday, British lawmakers asked the government to submit a plan B in the coming days if it loses the vote on its agreement to leave the European Union.
Hammond told Reuters: "We are very determined that we need an agreement.We need an agreement that allows us to continue to cooperate and orderly exit and we will make sure that we let's do it. "
May's allies said there was no "plan B" that would get out of the parliamentary impasse.
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The company, which employs 14,000 people in Britain and builds most of its commercial aircraft wings, has spent tens of millions of euros on emergency plans, including additional storage of parts in anticipation of delays. at the border.
"What we and many other UK companies need most is that politicians from all parties unite and pass a pragmatic agreement that allows for an orderly Brexit," said Enders, accompanied by Hammond and other politicians.
"We do not see any specific benefit in the current agreement – it's just less bad than a" no deal "," he added.
A "hard Brexit" without agreement could have implications for Airbus' future investments in Britain, said Enders, reiterating previous warnings.
In response to Enders' comments in a speech, Hammond said the government's job was "to make sure it will be the business logic that will keep you here in the years to come."
According to a November memo, Airbus is considering a Brexit without agreement as a "baseline" scenario.
(Tim Hepher report, edited by Grant McCool)