Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Anglo-Irish relations ‘would fundamentally change in no-deal Brexit scenario’

Anglo-Irish relations ‘would fundamentally change in no-deal Brexit scenario’

Mr Gove, who is in charge of no-deal planning, said he was "deeply saddened" by the EU's refusal to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement.

Markets are alarmed it will send shockwaves through the economy if Britain abruptly cuts ties with its closest trading partner overnight.

British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Wednesday that there was a huge appetite in the USA and United Kingdom to get a free trade deal post-Brexit. If we come to October 31 and we haven't fleshed them out, then there's the option of an extension (of Britain's European Union membership).

He further said, "We will throw ourselves into the negotiations with the greatest energy and the spirit of friendship and we hope the European Union will rethink its current refusal to make any changes to the Withdrawal Agreement".

With a no-deal Brexit appearing more likely that could wreak havoc on British commerce, Johnson dispatched his top diplomat and foreign trade minister to Washington to lay the groundwork for bilateral trade pact to minimize the predicted turmoil.

"What I am saying is it doesn't end on October 31".

The Boris Johnson government and the European Union loathe each other.

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Raab met Trump and Vice President Mike Pence late Tuesday at the outset of a three-day tour which will also take him to Mexico and Canada.

"The president (Donald Trump) himself has expressed his enthusiasm for a UK-US deal".

'The UK looks forward to working with our American friends to reach a free trade deal that is good for both countries, and cooperating on the common security challenges we face'.

Speaking later at a joint press conference with his Canadian counterpart in Toronto, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the U.K.'s preference is for a deal but the government is preparing to leave without one.

Mr Raab noted that Asian officials he had met in Thailand last week showed a "consistent warmth" for the United Kingdom and "desire to work more closely with us".

At any other time, such talk would be dismissed as outlandish but the chaos around Brexit has brought us to the point where accepted norms are being ignored and the usual rules jettisoned.

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