Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who was on a visit to Germany, warned about the dangers of the UK and EU accidentally stumbling into a “no deal” scenario and said if that happened, “the only person rejoicing would be Putin”.
He also warned that a no-deal Brexit would be ‘incredibly challenging economically’.
“When it comes to Brexit there is now a very real risk of a Brexit no-deal by accident,” Hunt told a news conference today on his first overseas trip as Foreign Secretary.
“I think that many people in the EU are thinking that they just have to wait long enough and Britain will blink. And that’s not going to happen,” Hunt added.
Excellent discussion with German Foreign Minister @HeikoMaas about the unintended geopolitical consequences of No Deal. Only person rejoicing would be Putin…
— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 23, 2018
Under the current timetable, both London and Brussels hope to get a final Brexit deal in October to give enough time to ratify it by Brexit day next March.